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Mindanao Armed Conflict

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.

Foreign terrorist, 2 ASG members neutralized; high-powered firearms seized in Sulu clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY - A foreign terrorist and two Abu Sayyaf Group members were neutralized by the troops in Sulu on Friday evening.

According to WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., the neutralized foreign terrorist was identified as a certain Yusop, one of the five remaining foreign terrorists monitored in Sulu.

2 hurt in Basilan roadside bombing

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Two persons, including a soldier, were wounded in a roadside bombing perpetrated by suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits in the hinterlands of Basilan province, military officials said Tuesday.

Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said the incident happened around 6:25 a.m. Monday in Sitio Bohe Bekew, Barangay Baguindan, Tipo-Tipo, Basilan.

Dawlah Islamiya sub-leader slain in Marawi City military-police operation

MARAWI CITY -  Notorious Sub Leader of Dawlah Islamiya Local Terrorist group was killed in a joint law enforcement operation by PNP and Army troops in Guimba, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, 3:45 a.m. Monday, April 12, 2021.

The local terrorist was identified as Usop Nasif also known as Abu Asraf, the next in line of Abu Zacaria, the current Dawlah Islamiya terrorist leader in Lanao del Sur.

Nasif was declared dead on arrival at Amai Pakpak Medical Center when he was injured in a 30-minute firefight.

Evacuees return to conflict-stricken South Upi barangays

MAGUINDANAO --- Authorities returned Sunday 181 families to two barangays in South Upi town rocked by gunfights last year between two local clans.

The conflict-stricken villagers, mostly ethnic Tedurays, agreed to return to Barangays Lamud and Biarung in South Upi, Maguindanao after the Omar and Datuwata clans reconciled through the efforts of Mayor Reynalbert Insular, the Army’s 57th Infantry Battalion and the municipal police.

Authorities ready for Dawlah retaliatory attacks 

SOUTH COTABATO --- Authorities are anticipating a possible retaliation by the Dawlah Islamiya following the death of two key members in a police operation in Polomolok town last Tuesday.

Police Col. Jimuel Siason of the South Cotabato provincial police said Friday the slain Dawlah Islamiya members,  Jorhan Utap and Mohaimen Utap, are wanted for acts of terror, drug trafficking and fabrication of improvised explosive devices used in recent bombings in central Mindanao.

3 more Maguindanao towns declare state of calamity

COTABATO CITY – Local officials of three more towns in Maguindanao have declared state of calamity in their respective jurisdictions due to on-going armed conflict.

The armed conflict has displaced thousands of civilians in adjoining towns of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Shariff Saydona Mustapha and Mamasapano.

On Tuesday, local legislators of have approved the separate resolutions putting their localities under state of calamity to allow the LGU to fund local relief operations to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) due to armed conflict..

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