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Mindanao Armed Conflict

Anti-Terror bill to address armed conflicts: Maguindanao leaders

COTABATO CITY – Three more municipal mayors of Maguindanao on Thursday expressed full support for the proposed anti-terrorism bill, saying this would address conflict in their communities.

Acting Mayor Bai Zandria Ampatuan of Shariff Saydona Mustapha municipality said she believes the bill, once enacted into law, would put an end to armed conflict not only in her town but in other communities in Maguindanao as well.

2 cops die as ASG attacks Sulu police station

COTABATO CITY - Two policemen were killed while two othrs were wounded when suspected members of Abu Sayyaf Group launched a daring attack on the police station in Parang, Sulu on Saturday night, an official of the Bangsamoro region said.

Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, Interior minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) confirmed the incident.

Killed are identified as Patrolman Arjun Putalan and Corporal Mudar Salamat. They expired upon arrival at the hospital.

34 Reds yield to gov’t in Norala, South Cotabato on Independence Day

KORONADAL CITY - Kasabay ng pagdiriwang ng ika-122 taong kasarinlan ng ating kalayaan, 34 na kasapi ng Communist Terrorist Group ang boluntaryong sumuko sa pamahalaaan sa Norala, South Cotabato.

3 killed, three hurt in Maguindanao gun attacks

COTABATO CITY --- Three were killed, two of them children, while three others got wounded in separate gun attacks the past two days in Maguindanao province, the police said Friday.

Investigators identified the fatalities as Ansare Usop, 37 and the siblings Raisa, 9, and the four-year-old Pelot Kalim, who died from gunshot wounds in different parts of their bodies. 

They were inside their houses that gunmen shot with assault rifles Wednesday night, killing them on the spot. 

The incident left the slain children’s mother, Anna, 27, badly wounded. 

Another off-duty soldier killed in Dawlah Islamiya attack

MAGUINDANAO --- Suspected Dawlah Islamiya hitmen killed another off duty soldier Monday, the group’s 36th unarmed military victim in central Mindanao since 2016.

The fatality, Staff Sgt. Bien Zamora Mendoza, belonged to the 61st Reconnaissance Company of the 6th Infantry Division.

Two men on a motorcycle armed with pistols attacked him from behind while he was motoring through a stretch of a highway in Simuay area in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao while en route to the headquarters of 6th ID in Camp Siongco near Cotabato City.

Gunfights between Moro groups rock Pikit municipality again

COTABATO CITY --- Hundreds of villagers were displaced by gunfights Sunday between two heavily-armed Moro factions in Pikit town in North Cotabato.

The hostilities involve the groups of the enemies Ricky Kusain and Butch Sanday, who has just been booted from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front last week for serious offenses.

Sanday and his followers, armed with assault rifles and grenade launchers, went on rampage early Sunday and fired at villages where Kusain and his men reside, provoking running gunfights that sent no fewer than 500 villagers running for their lives.

BARMM parliament member reaches out to South Upi evacuees

COTABATO CITY  --- Hundreds of conflict-stricken Teduray villagers in South Upi, Maguindanao benefited from relief operations this week of the office of Bangsamoro Parliament Member Khadafeh Mangudadatu.

The evacuees abandoned their homes due to hostilities involving two groups fighting over strategic patches of lands in their highland agricultural enclaves. 

Mangudadatu, most known as "Toy," was a former assemblyman of the now defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in the second district of Maguindanao where South Upi is located.

6 die, 5 hurt in clashes between gunmen, Army in Sultan Kudarat

COTABATO CITY --  A leader of lawless Moro armed group with link to terror group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and five of his followers were killed in an intense clashes against the military troops Friday in Lambayong town in Sultan Kudarat.

Troops of 601st Infantry (Unifier) Brigade through the 40th Infantry (Magiting) Battalion under Lt. Col. Rogelio S. Gabi launched the law enforcement operation targetting ALG commander Tugali Guiamal Galmak, a.k.a. Commander Tugal, in Purok Galmak, Barangay Baumol, Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat on June 4, 2020.

Cops neutralize suspect in Davao, Isulan bombings

KORONADAL CITY  – Police neutralized a man in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat who was believed to be one of the bombers in the night market in Davao City in 2016.

Lt. Colonel Lino Capellan, speaking for police in the Soccsksargen region, identified the suspect slain during anti-drug operation as Al Rashed Sungan Layao alias “Layao.”

Layao, according to Capellan, was killed when he traded shots with lawmen during police-led anti-drug operation at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Crossing Sigbol, Barangay New Cebu, Lambayong,Sultan Kudarat

2 children die, mother, 8 others hurt in Maguindanao mortar shell blast

COTABATO CITY — A 10-year-old girl and her seven-year-old brother were killed after a mortar exploded in their house in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao on Sunday, a town official said.

Killed on the spot in the 4:30 p.m. blast in Barangay Kitango was Sadim Tambak while his sister Aslamia expired in the hospital.

The victims’ mother, Noraisa was critically injured.  She and eight other injured victims were rushed to Cotabato Regional and Medical Center in Cotabato City.

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