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Mindanao Armed Conflict

BARMM gov't condemns deadly Jolo bombings

COTABATO CITY --- The Bangsamoro government has condemned the bombings on Monday in Jolo town in Sulu that killed eleven people and injured 20 others. 

Naguib Sinarimbo, local government minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said BARMM Chief Minister Hadji Ahod Ebrahim has directed the regional police to identify the culprits for prosecution. 

“The BARMM leadership condemns these bombings in strongest terms. We also share with the grief of those who lost relatives in the incident,” said Sinarimbo, spokesman of the Bangsamoro regional government.

UPDATE 3: Twin blasts rock Jolo, kill 11 soldiers, civilians

ZAMBOANGA CITY--Nine people, including four soldiers, were killed in two successive bomb explosions in downtown Jolo, the capital of Sulu, where troops are continuously pursuing the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits.

Military and police reports said all the deaths were related to the first explosion, which occurred in front of an eatery  around 11:53 a.m. Monday in Serrantes Street, Barangay Walled City, Jolo, Sulu.

16 more Dawlah bandits surrender to 6th ID

MAGUINDANAO --- Sixteen more members of the outlawed Dawlah Islamiya yielded to the Army’s 6th Infantry Division Tuesday.

The 16 bandits, who belonged to a group led by the wanted bomber Imam Karialan, also turned in assault rifles, a 60 millimeter mortar, B-40 anti-tank rockets and improvised explosives during a symbolic rite in Datu Abdullah Sangki town in Maguindanao.

The Dawlah Islamiya, also known as the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, operates in the fashion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

4 more Dawlah bandits neutralized in South Cotabato

KORONADAL CITY --- Police teams killed four members of the Dawlah Islamiya in separate operations the past two days in Polomolok, South Cotabato.

The first to fall was Ottho Alangan, who was killed in a shootout with combined personnel of the Police Regional Office-12 and the Army’s 5th Special Forces Battalion in Barangay Lumakil, Polomolok.

Policemen were to serve him an arrest warrant for crimes in connection with Dawlah Islamiya’s terror activities but killed him instead when he refused to yield peacefully and provoked a gunfight.

Army foils NPA arson attack in Maasim town

SARANGANI --- Soldiers foiled Wednesday an attempt by New People’s Army guerillas to burn the equipment of a construction firm building a road network in Maasim town.

Personnel of the Army’s 37th Infantry Battalion patrolling near the project site in Barangay Bales in Maasim, Sarangani, noticed the NPAs approaching the backhoe and dump trucks of the Charifer Builders, enabling them to prevent the attack.

Local leaders told reporters three NPAs, initially identified only as Zaide, Crisanto and Ramon, were reportedly wounded in the ensuing gunfight.

Authorities preparing for Dawlah Islamiya retaliations

2 dead, 1 hurt in Polomolok law enforcement operations vs. Dawla Islamiyah

GEN. SANTOS CITY  – Two were neutralized while another was injured in a separate buy-bust operations in Polomolok, South Cotabato against the members of Dawlah Islamiyah-Hassan a Nilong Subgroup.

From July 27 to July 29, 2020, an intensified campaign against illegal drugs were executed by Polomolok MPS together with SCPMFC, Intel Operatives of 10th SFC, 5TH SFBN, SFRA, PA in coordination with PDEA which resulted to the neutralization of Joven Cabalo, and wounding of two other drug suspects namely Jomari Doma and Dimas Aminola Talib.

2 soldiers dead, 7 Dawlah men hurt in Maguindanao hostilities

MAGUINDANAO --- Two soldiers were killed while seven Dawlah Islamiya bandits were hurt in a spate of clashes in Datu Salibo town Wednesday, the 6th Infantry Division said.

Lt. Colonel Anhouvic Atilano, 6th ID spokesperson, confirmed to DXMS Radyo Bida that two soldiers were slain and 13 others were injured.  He refused to identify the slain infantrymen until thier immediate families are officially informed.  

Police neutralize brod of Basit Usman linked to GenSan bombing

KORONADAL CITY  – Police announced today the death of one of the suspects in the 2018 bombing in Gen. Santos City during Sunday’s law enforcement operation in POlomolok, South Cotabato, police said.

Lt. Colonel Lino Capellan, speaking for police in the Soccsksargen region, identified the slain bombing suspect as Ben Usman, a member of Ansar al-Kilafa terrorist organization who has warrant of arrest for multiple murders.

5 NPA siblings yield to Army in SK

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – A five-member siblings who were communist rebels have decided to yield to the government through the military because life in the mountains has been unbearable, officials said.

Lieutenant Colonel Valencia, commander of the 7th Infantry “Tapat” Battalion, said the five members of New Peoples’ Army (NPA) belonged to the Sub-Regional Committee-East Daguma Front who voluntarily surrendered to the 7th IB.

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