Nine troopers from the 6th Infantry Division’s Task Force Central were wounded while six members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were injured following a firefight in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town, Maguindanao Friday afternoon.
The clash took place at 2:00 p.m. and ended early morning Saturday.
Capt. Jo-ann Petinglay, 6th Infantry Division spokesperson, said that the injured soldiers were immediately evacuated for treatment of minor injuries.
Troopers are still conducting pursuit and clearing operations as of this posting.
At 2:50 p.m. Friday, Task Force Central troopers conducting clearing operations in the boundaries of Barangays Dabunayan and Liab, Datu Piang town, arrested four BIFF members identified as Aladin Panaydan, 22; Daud Balogat, 23; Ebrahim Oraw, 40 and Abdul Madalidaw, 33.
Also captured was a BIFF camp in the area.
Recovered from their possession were a .45 caliber pistol and one magazine containing six rounds of ammunition; one .45 Thompson sub-machine gun, improvised explosive device (IED) paraphernalia, four mobile phones and assorted war materials and documents.
“The capture of the camp only proves that the BIFF is involved in the manufacture of IEDs and is establishing strongholds in the different areas within the vicinity of the SPMS box. The current operation will greatly affect the BIFF as this is already the third encampment that has already been captured in less than a week,” Petinglay stressed.
Major Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, Task Force Central commander made sure that the rules of engagement were observed during the entire operation and that the troops uphold the human rights of the captured rebels even if they are enemies of the state.
“The captured rebels were made to undergo medical check-up and their immediate needs attended to. The incident was coordinated already with the Philippine National Police for the appropriate filing of cases,” he added. PNA