CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao: As the government’s massive law enforcement against lawless armed group in Maguindanao entered its fifth day, another encampment of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) was captured by soldiers in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town, the military here said Wednesday.
It was the second BIFF camp captured in three days by Joint Task Force Central, a composite Army, Marines and PNP forces hunting down the BIFF and terrorist individuals in Maguindanao.
Capt. Joann Petinglay, speaking for the 6th Infantry Division, said combined elements of 37th Infantry Battalion and the 14th Mechanized Company of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade, found the abandoned camp in Sitio Tatapan, Barangay Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampatua, Maguindanao after villagers tipped off the military it was a BIFF camp left after a brief clash Monday night.
Government forces recovered from the abandoned BIFF encampment firearm parts, tripods for .50 caliber machineguns, antennas for two-way radios, ammunition for assorted firearms, and shabu paraphernalia, an indication the bandits have been using prohibited drugs as they engaged the Army in battles.
The Army also recovered documents detailing the BIFF’s plot to sow terror among civilians outside Maguindanao to divert military operations against them.
Moro civilians told the military that the BIFF hurriedly left Sunday night hours after the Army captured a bigger camp in nearby Barangay Dasikil, Mamasapano, also in Maguindanao.
The captured camp in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town was about eight kilometres from Barangay Dasikil, Mamasapano.
“We will intensify and press our law enforcement operation against this group, there’s no let up,” she said.
She said the Joint Task Force Central will continue hunting down Kagi Karialan and Mohammad Ali Tambako, two known leaders of the BIFF who each have about 100 armed followers.
“Our local government executives are helping the military locate the BIFF areas after Maj. Gen. (Edmundo) Pangilinan (6th ID chief) sought their help in neutralizing the BIFF,” Petinglay said. PNA