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Mindanao Armed Conflict

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.

MILF fighters kill 7 Dawlah Islamiya members in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY --- Members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front killed seven Dawlah Islamiya gunmen who tried to attack an Army detachment in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao Tuesday.

The slain terrorists were among more than 30 gunmen on light trucks and motorcycles en route to Barangay Tuka, Mamasapano where a detachment of the Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion is located.

 BIFF men yield to Pagalungan LGU

MAGUINDANAO --- Local officials in Pagalungan town turned over Monday to the 602nd Infantry Brigade six terrorists to renounce their membership with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

Pagalungan Mayor Salik Mamasabulod said Tuesday the six BIFF members yielded after learning that their companions who surrendered in recent months through the municipal peace and order council are now being reintegrated into the local communities.

3 more NPAs killed in Sultan Kudarat province

SULTAN KUDARAT --- Soldiers shot dead three more New People’s Army guerillas in a series of clashes Sunday.

The encounter between combined personnel of the Army’s 5th Special Forces Battalion and the 37th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Datu Wasay in Kalamansig town in Sultan Kudarat also left four other NPAs wounded.

NPAs, worried of Army offensives, surrender in Central Mindanao

COTABATO CITY --- Two bomb couriers of the New People’s Army surrendered while five others urged former comrades to avail of Malacañang’s reconciliation program for NPAs on Saturday.

Brig. Gen. Roy Galido of the Army’s 601st Infantry Brigade in Tacurong City said Sunday the two NPAs who yielded Saturday to the 5th Special Forces Battalion in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato also turned in assault rifles.

7 NPAs dead in clashes with soldiers in Sultan Kudarat province

SULTAN KUDARAT --- Seven were killed as soldiers foiled an attempt by hundreds of guerillas to commemorate in Palimbang town Saturday the 52nd founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

The seven New People’s Army fatalities were shot dead one after another by personnel of units under the 603rd Infantry Brigade in a series of encounters the past three days in the surroundings of Mount Lumuton in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat.

Pregnant woman killed in another mortar blast in Maguindanao

MAGUINDANAO --- A pregnant woman was killed in a mortar blast in Barangay Pusaw in Shariff Saidona town Tuesday night, the second explosion in this province in just three days. 

The fatality, Ramea Damada, was inside their house, located in Sitio Sedsang in Barangay Pusaw in Shariff Saidona that got hit by a mortar projectile late Tuesday, according to sources from the town's multi-sector peace and order council.   

She died on the spot from multiple shrapnel wounds.

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