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Mindanao Armed Conflict

Maguindanao IED blast kills motorist

COTABATO CITY  – A motorcycle rider was killed and another was hurt in a roadside bombing in Maguindanao’s upland town Tuesday morning.

Mayor Reynalbert Insular of South Upi, Maguindanao, said the explosion occurred at 5:45 a.m. along the highway in Barangay Poblacion Romonggaob.

Insular, quoting a police report, said the victim was riding on a motorbike with a back-rider heading toward Cotabato City when the explosion occurred.

Police identified the victim as Alberto delos Santos of Lebak, Sultan Kudarat province.

Hunt for two other targets in bloody police operation launched

MAGUINDANAO --- The military and police are cooperating in locating two elusive cohorts of the 12 gunmen killed in a five-hour law-enforcement operation in Sultan Kudarat town Saturday.

Municipal officials and barangay leaders identified the duo as Hajer Mama and Jason Guiabel, who escaped as their companions fell one after another while exchanging shots with personnel of the police’s elite Special Action Force and the CIDG-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.

12 gunmen, cop perish in Maguindanao law-enforcement operation

MAGUINDANAO ---- Twelve members of a heavily-armed gang and policeman were killed in a five-hour gunfight in Sultan Kudarat town town on Saturday.

Among the fatalities in the encounter that lasted from 3:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday were Pendatun Talusan, who was former chairman of Barangay Limbo, Sultan Kudarat and his 11 followers.

3 soldiers, civilian slain in Lanao Norte terror attack

LANAO DEL NORTE --- Maute terrorists killed three unarmed soldiers on a marketing mission and a civilian in an attack at Poona Piagapo town on Thursday morning.

The fatalities, Corporals Albert Saura and Bryan Binayog and Private 1st Class Albert Soriano and an owner of a motorcycle-for-hire named Camilo Andog, died on the spot from bullet wounds.

Army steps in to diffuse tension in troubled South Upi town

MAGUINDANAO --- The Army has cautioned residents of South Upi town from displaying firearms while efforts to amicably settle domestic armed conflicts that have displaced thousands are underway.

South Upi, a hinterland town in Maguindanao, is locked in clan wars and deadly squabbles for control of vast tracts of Teduray ancestral lands between indigenous occupants and armed groups from outside.

Maguindanao town councilor survives ambush

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao  – Unidentified gunmen believed to be Moro bandits ambushed Friday a town councilor of conflict affected town in Maguindanao, the Army today said.

“The town councilor escaped unhurt,” said Lt. Colonel Jonathan Pondanera, commander of the Army’s 57th Infantry Battalion, of Councilor Basit Kamid.

Kamid, a member of South Upi Sangguniang Bayan and resident of Barangay Biarong, was on board his vehicle with his armed escorts when they were fired upon at 7:30 a.m. Friday near the Lamud Elementary School in Barangay Lamud, South Upi.

Hunt for perpetrators of South Upi atrocities continue

COTABATO CITY --- The Army’s 6th Infantry Division mobilized more soldiers to run after the local terror group behind the burning of 13 houses and the ambush of a convoy of relief workers in South Upi, Maguindanao last week.

Major Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of 6th ID, told reporters Wednesday the gunmen who attacked Barangay Itaw on New Year’s Eve and ambushed three days later a group of local officials and municipal relief workers on their way to the town center from the area are members of the Dawlah Islamiya.

BARMM extends relief assistance for displaced South Upi residents 

COTABATO CITY --- The Bangsamoro government facilitated initial relief support Monday for hundreds of residents in South Upi, Maguindanao displaced by attacks by armed groups last week.

The groups behind the attacks, operating in the fashion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, burned 13 houses in Barangay Itaw, South Upi and, subsequently, ambushed a convoy of local officials from a relief mission in the area three days later.

A villager was killed while three others, one of them a relief worker of the South Upi local government unit, were wounded in the ambush.

Civilians hurt in South Upi ambush incident

COTABATO CITY --- Four civilians were wounded when gunmen ambushed a convoy of relief workers from an outreach mission for conflict-stricken villagers in South Upi, Maguindanao Sunday afternoon. 

Among those hurt in the 2 p.m. attack were members of the South Upi municipal disaster risk reduction and management council, according to incumbent municipal councilors now attending to the needs of the victims. 

Three of the injured civilians were immediately rushed to a hospital here from South Upi, about 60 kilometers away. 

Central Mindanao leaders call on NPAs to surrender

COTABATO CITY --- Officials again appealed on Saturday to members of the New People’s Army to return to the fold of law while there is time yet.

Local executives in central Mindanao placed at no fewer than 40 the number of NPAs killed in clashes with units of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6th ID) in Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, North Cotabato and Sarangani provinces from between July to December 2019.

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