Rebels raid military posts in Southern Philippines
MAGUINDANAO – Rebel forces simultaneously attacked two military posts in the restive province of Maguindanao in the Muslim autonomous region, sparking firefight with government troops.
There were no reports of casualties from either side, but the clashes involved the groups of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which signed a peace deal with Manila in 2014.
MILF soldiers from the 106th Base Command under Haron and Diego attacked the 1stMechanized Battalion in the village of Bagan in Guindulungan town late Sunday and the fighting lasted over one hour.
The attack was believed to be in retaliation to a military operation against a group of armed men in Kitapuk village earlier on Sunday. Troops recovered weapons and ammunition in the area following a firefight.
The BIFF also reportedly attacked a military post in Kabengi in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town on Sunday night and engaged troops in a clash which lasted over 40 minutes. The BIFF, which pledged allegiance with ISIS, is fighting for a separate Islamic state in the troubled region.
There was no immediate statement from the 6th Infantry Division and officials did not answer phone calls by journalists.