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Mindanao Armed Conflict

Soldiers recover rifles, IEDs left by terrorists behind Datu Paglas attack

MAGUINDANAO --- The military found two M16 rifles and a dozen improvised explosive devices along the escape route of the terrorists who stormed the public market in Datu Paglas town Saturday.

Brig. Gen. Roy Galido of the Army’s 601st Brigade said Tuesday soldiers running after members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters who occupied and public market in Datu Paglas are now in custody of the two assault rifles and IEDs left along a trail in Barangay Lepak in nearby Pandag town.

2 BIFF members nabbed after hostilities in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Two extremists belonging to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) – Karialan Faction were held by residents of a community at the outskirts barangay of Datu Paglas town of Maguindanao on May 10, 2021.

Army: Normalcy in Datu Paglas restored

COTABATO CITY --- The Army’s 601st Infantry Brigade told this news outfit at past 2:00 p.m. Saturday that normalcy in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao had been restored, gunmen who showed force in its poblacion driven out by state forces promptly.

The commander of the brigade, Gen. Roy Galido, said no one was killed in the adventurism of Solaiman Tudon and his followers, whose incursion in the town center of Datu Paglas caused panic among residents.

Army regains control of Maguindanao town seized by BIFF

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Government forces have regained control of the town center in Maugindanao that outlawed Moro gunmen seized at 4 a.m. Saturday.

“We are now in control of the public market in Datu Paglas, clearing operations were still going on,” Lt. Colonel John Paul Baldomar, speaking for the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said.

He said no casualty was reported on government side and could not say if the rebels had casualties.

BIFF seizes Maguindanao town, Army, rebels trade shots

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao  – Heavily armed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) today occupied the town center of Datu Paglas, Maguindanao.

Hudnreds of motorists and passengers were also stranded as the Datu Paglas-Tulunan highway was closed to trffic beginning at 4 a.m. today.

Lt. Colonel John Paul Baldomar, speaking for the 6th Infantry Division, said about 200 heavily armed BIFF under the Kagi Karialan faction occupied the town’s public market and established defensive positions.

Henchman of Maute founders killed in Lanao clash

COTABATO CITY -- Soldiers killed a henchman of the slain founders of the Maute terror group and wounded three others in an encounter in  Piagapo, Lanao del Sur Wednesday.

Brig. Gen. Jose Ma. Cuerpo, commander of the Army’s 103rd Brigade, said Thursday the slain terrorist was among more than 20 gunmen who attacked soldiers patrolling in a secluded area in Barangay Kalungan in Piagapo, sparking a two-hour gunfight.

Army foils ammunition smuggling attempt in Maguindanao

MAGUINDANAO --- The military foiled Sunday an attempt to deliver 6,000 rounds of 5.56 millimeter rifle ammunition to a buyer in a stronghold of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

Major Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said Monday personnel of the 33rd Infantry Battalion intercepted the three men in Shariff Saidona Mustapha town in the second district of Maguindanao.

2 die as mortars hit Maguindanao village

COTABATO CITY  - Three women harvesting vegetables from a community garden were hit by mortars as shelling rained near their village. Two of them died.

Explosions hit the Barangay Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampatuan at around 9 this morning.

Musib Tan, Datu Saudi municipal administrator, identified the fatalities as Badria Alon, 40 years old and Lagabai Mohalidin, 24 years old.

Another victim, now recuperating in a local hospital, was identified as Noraisa Omar, 34 years old.

AFP scores anew as offensives continue in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Joint Task Force Sulu neutralized a total of 84 ASG personalities during the first four months of 2021.

Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command said, “We have gained grounds so we are sustaining the momentum to possibly neutralize all the remaining terrorists in Sulu.”

While conducting combat operations, troops of the Joint Task Force Sulu encountered more or less five Abu Sayyaf Group members at the reported location of sub-group leader Mundi Sawadjaan around 7:23 in the morning on April 27, 2021.

Suspect in deadly Sultan Kudarat bomb attacks surrenders 

MAGUINDANAO --- A senior member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters wanted for two deadly bombings in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat in 2018 surrendered Wednesday.

Norton Saptula, a henchman of BIFF leader Imam Karialan, voluntarily yielded to local executives and police officials after a clandestine dialogue in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao on Wednesday morning.

Saptula is wanted for two bomb attacks in 2018 in Isulan town that left six residents dead and hurt more than 60 others.

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