(Update) 2 BIFF men confirmed killed in clashes

January 27, 2014 11:17 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 27 — The Maguindanao-based 6th Infantry Division announced that it has recovered the bodies of two "Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters" (BIFF) men killed in the series of clashes with military forces in Maguindanao over the weekend.

Col. Dickson Hermoso, the unit's spokesman, said that they are still verifying reports that another 15 BIFF men were killed in the fighting in Sharif Saydona Mustapha and Sultan Sa Sabarongis towns in Maguindanao.

This was reported to them by local government officials and their intelligence assets.

Air and artillery bombardments took place in the above-mentioned fighting which took place Monday and Sunday, respectively.

But as of the moment, he said they only have confirmation on two BIFF casualties as they have managed to recover the bodies of the brigands. These were recovered in Barangay Ganta in Sharif Saydona Mustapha.

On-and-off fighting is still ongoing in the above-mentioned areas.

Surgical strikes were conducted in Shariff Saydona, Datu Piang, and Sultan sa Barongis in Maguindanao and Pikit in North Cotabato after large numbers of BIFF men were spotted in these areas. (PNA)

LGI/PFN

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