The Joint Task Force Central mounted its offensives against the Daesh-Inspired Terrorist Group/Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (DITG/BIFF) in Maguindanao.
Acting on reports received from the communities, operating troops utilized air and artillery assets to bombard terrorist groups at their identified lairs in Brgy Salman, Ampatuan, Maguindanao on March 2, 2020.
Ground troops were also deployed to conduct combat operations to preempt the reported terror plots of said group.
Armed confrontations ensued between the military troops and the terrorists in the municipalities of Ampatuan and Hoffer, all of Maguindanao.
Gaining grounds, the military intensified its operations so as to penetrate the enemy stronghold and neutralize the enemies.
Fourteen BIFF members died in the series of operations, 5 of whose remains were recovered by the troops while others were reported by the communities. Military troops are currently verifying the veracity of these reported deaths to include the undetermined number of wounded.
The AFP lost four brave soldiers while eleven others were wounded in action.
Troops were able to penetrate encampments and recover assorted firearms, ammunitions, improvised explosive devices, and war materiel of the enemies.
“We salute the bravery of our fallen soldiers who fought up to the last drop of their blood just to spare the communities from the treachery of the heartless enemies,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“We nevertheless, pursue our campaign to pound down the remaining terrorists, penetrate enemy lairs, and ensure the safety of the people,” Lt. Gen. Sobejana added. Western Mindanao Command