KIDAPAWAN CITY: The jihadists’ Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) resumed attacks in North Cotabato and Maguindanao, killing one soldier and wounded four others, including a bystander.
The recent attack was a roadside bombing on Wednesday in Midsayap town, North Cotabato injuring two soldiers and a student bystander.
Midsayap Police chief, Supt. Tom Tuzon, identified the wounded as Private First Class (PFC) Jestoni Bauzon and Sergeant Edwin Soria, all belonging to Army’s 62nd Reconnaissance Company, 6th Infantry Division; and high school student Miriam Akis who was hit by shrapnel.
Tuzon said the blast occurred near the Dabpil Sampulna High School in Barangay Ulandang when troopers, aboard an Army vehicle, were traversing the area at around 5 p.m.
The bomb was made of 105mm howitzer shell and rigged with nails, metal sheets and mobile phone, as its triggering device.
The BIFF group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
It happened the same day when the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) released its propaganda video online signalling their fighters in the country to wage war against “crusaders.”
Another attack was recorded in Sitio Matilac, Barangay Butilen in Datu Salibo town, Maguindanao that killed Sgt. Alexander Salgado and wounded PFC Brian Callaga.