BIFF harasses Army, PNP bases


CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao: The outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Sunday night launched a series of attacks against police and military stations in three Maguindanao towns, police and military officials said today.

Nobody was hurt in BIFF attacks in the adjoining towns of Shariff Aguak, Datu Hofer and Datu Salibo, according to Senior Supt. Rodelio Jocson, Maguindanao police director.

Jocson said the first attack occurred at the detachment of police commandos near the Maguindanao police provincial office in Camp Datu Akilan Ampatuan.

Two rifle grenades landed near the detachment, Jocson said. Policemen immediately fired back toward the site where the rifle grenades were believed launched.

Jocson said about 20 minutes later, the BIFF again fired six rounds of 60 mm mortars toward the 43rd Special Action Company detachment near the Maguindanao provincial Hospital in Datu Hofer town.

Policemen stationed at the back of the health facility, already alerted of earlier attacks in Camp Akilan Ampatuan, fired back forcing the attackers to flee under cover of darkness.

At 7 pm, another band of BIFF harassed the detachment of 2nd Mechanized Battalion stationed in Datu Salibo town with rifle grenades. It was the same detachment the BIFF harassed on Thursday that wounded six soldiers.

Abu Misry Mama, speaking for the BIFF, said they carried out the harassment to send the message it still exist despite military pronouncement the BIFF was already a “spent force.”

On Saturday night, bombings were also carried out by suspected BIFF in Cotabato City and nearby town of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

Two men riding tandem on a motorbike, first tossed a hand grenade at police detachment in Barangay Tamontaka, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao at 7 p.m.

The same suspects hurled a grenade toward a military vehicle on patrol along Sinsuat Avenue, Cotabato City but missed its target.

Col. Ranulfo Sevilla, Army Special Forces Battalion commander, said the grenade landed in front of a resultant and went off wounding a certain Dalmacio Villa.

Government forces failed to catch up with the suspects because of traffic and presence of civilians. “We cannot fire at the fleeing suspects due to traffic and civilians in the highway,” the Army truck driver said.

Minutes later, two men left an improvised bomb in front of Special Force detachment along Notre Dame Avenue. The improvised bomb fashioned from a 60 mm mortar was safely defused by bomb experts.



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