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4 BIFF hurt in Maguindanao clash

 • 03:24 AM Sat Jul 25, 2015
John Unson with reports from 6th ID
Government forces pursuing BIFF bandits in Maguindanao. (file)

MAGUINDANAO -- Marauding Moro bandits and soldiers on Friday traded sporadic shots in Talayan town, in Maguindanao that left four members of Bagnsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters wounded, an Army officer said.In a statement,Capt. Joann Petinglay, speaking for the 6th Infantry Division said, the names of the wounded attackers are now the subject of verification by elements of the 4th Scout Ranger Battalion in Talayan.The running firefights erupted when members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) attacked a team of soldiers dispatched to verify the reported presence of unidentified gunmen in a farming enclave west of Talayan.The BIFF gunmen even tried to encircle the Army combatants, but balked and repositioned away when more soldiers arrived help drive them away.Another group of bandits shot with B-40 anti-tank rockets a detachment of soldiers near Barangay Tukanalipao in Mamasapano town, also in the second district of the province.The detachment the BIFF bandits bombarded is near one of the three scenes of the deadly January 25 encounter between police commandos and guerrillas of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.No one from among the soldiers in the detachment was hurt in the rocket attack, but the explosions caused panic among villagers in peasant enclaves nearby.At least 44 members of the police’s elite Special Action Force, 17 MILF rebels and five civilians were killed in the January 25 Mamasapano incident, which shook the nation to its core.The encounter also challenged the government’s two compacts with the MILF --- the September 15, 2013 Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro and the March 27, 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro.

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