BIFF bomb threat forces closure of Maguindanao highway

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A THREAT by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) to detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs) along a portion of the highway connecting Maguindanao province to General Santos City and Cotabato has forced the closure of the said roadway on Tuesday morning.

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Senior Supt. Rodelio Jocson, Maguindanao police commander, said the closure stranded travelers.

He added IED clearing operations are ongoing.

Before the closure, government forces and BIFF fighters engaged in a firefight at Guindulungan in Maguindanao.

The BIFF is founded by Ameril Umbra Kato who led attacks in Mindanao in 2008 after the Supreme Court thumbed down a memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). PNA

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