Suspected BIFF member killed in clash with MILF in Maguindanao

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 18 2018 11:39 PM

MAGUINDANAO - A suspected member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) was killed in an encounter with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Barangay Pimbalakan, Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Thursday, the military said.

Authorities identified the fatality as a certain Saudi Sabang.

The firefight happened at 5 a.m. in Sitio Makalag while the MILF's Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces were conducting security operations in the area.

The gunbattle lasted for 6 hours before the BIFF withdrew to the town of Shariff Saydona Mustapha.

Major General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Army's 6th Infantry Division, said MILF is determined to end terrorist activities in Central Mindanao.

BIFF is a breakaway group of MILF led by the late Ustadz Ameril Umbra Kato.