MAGUINDANAO – Security forces were in heightened alert following a recent attack by ISIS-affiliate Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao province in the restive Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao.
Tuesday’s fighting between government soldiers and BIFF had killed a villager and left 2 infantrymen wounded in Datu Unsay town. Officials blamed the attack on BIFF leader Ismael Abubakar and that his group is also planning to attack army bases in the province.
Troops were sent to the town to track down Abubakar and his lieutenant Muhaiden Animbang who, according to the military, has been tasked to carry out deadly assault on military installations.
The BIFF has pledged allegiance with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and vowed to establish an Islamic caliphate in Mindanao.
Hundreds of civilians have already fled their villages for fear they would be trapped in the fighting or used as shield by soldiers or rebels. (Mohd Saaduddin)
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