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Mindanao Armed Conflict

Criminal case filed against killers of ex-Jolo police chief

COTABATO CITY --- Investigators filed Friday a murder case against two drug traffickers for the November 21 murder in Sultan Mastura town of the controversial former Jolo police chief Lt. Col. Walter Annayo.

The cases against Rasul Nahang Radja and Nara Kagatan Asula were filed by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao at the office here of Maguindanao provincial prosecutor Rohaira Lao.

Fruit vendor dead, 5 hurt in North Cotabato bombing

NORTH COTABATO --- An ambulant fruit vendor was killed while five others, among them commuters, were hurt in an explosion that hit a bus in Tulunan town at noontime Wednesday.

Col. Henry Villar, director of the North Cotabato provincial police, said investigators and ordnance experts are still sifting through the blast scene. 

Vendor Gina Paunan, 53 of Barangay Cajelo, Tulunan succumbed to shrapnel wounds while being rushed to a hospital. 

BIFF blamed for deadly South Upi roadside bombing

MAGUINDANAO ---- Authorities have blamed the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters as responsible for Tuesday’s roadside bombing in South Upi town that killed a motorist and hurt another.

The fatality, Alberto Delos Santos, died on the spot from multiple shrapnel wounds.

Major Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said Wednesday there are strong indications that the roadside bomb attack was pulled off by BIFF members who had repeatedly attacked villages in South Upi, Maguindanao early on.

Secondary IED found near scene of deadly roadside bombing

Ordnance experts promptly deactivated a more powerful secondary explosive found near the scene of a roadside blast Tuesday in South Upi town that killed a motorist and hurt another.

The improvised explosive device was made of 105 Howitzer cannon round rigged with a blasting mechanism attached to a small 12-volt battery.

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.

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