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3 more Daesh-linked terrorists killed in Mindanao
By Manolo B. Jara September 10, 2018
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MANILA: Unabated “search and destroy” operations by government forces resulted in the death of three more members of a Daesh-linked “rogue” Moro rebel group blamed for the two recent bomb attacks that killed five people in Sultan Kudarat province in restive Mindanao, the military confirmed on Sunday.

A military spokesman reported that a civilian was also killed when members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) fired at the homes of residents as they fled from the scene of the encounter in a “barangay” (village) in the town of Datu Montowal in Maguindanao on Friday afternoon.

The spokesman added soldiers likewise wounded three others and captured two BIFF men who were positively identified for their involvement in the two bombing attacks on the capital town of Isulan in Sultan Kudarat on Aug. 28 and Sept. 2.

The fighting started when the BIFF members fired at the soldiers who responded to reports that several heavily-armed men who were about to deliver improvised bombs, were sighted in a river in a village in Datu Montowal on Friday.

When the rebels fled, the spokesman said they strafed the homes of civilians and wounded three residents, one of whom later died in the hospital, the spokesman said.

Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, the chief othe military’s Joint Task Force Central, said: “We have sustained our focused operations targetting those responsible for the two bombing attacks in Isulan to give justice to the civilian victims.”

The operations, Sobejana said, are also part of determined efforts by government forces to prevent similar terror attacks particularly on civilians by the BIFF, founded by the late Ameril Umbra Kato, a veteran field commander of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which pledged allegiance to the Daesh extremists in the Middle East.

On Aug. 28, BIFF members planted at least two bombs that exploded at the height of a street revelry involving thousands of residents participating in the 61st founding anniversary of Isulan, killing three and wounding 36 others.

Five days later on Sept. 2, a home-made bomb planted by the BIFF inside an internet cafe near the scene of the first attack in Isulan exploded, killing two teenage cousins and wounding at least 13 others.

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