BIFF camp overran by troops in Maguindanao continuing ops

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Military troops overran an encampment of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao on March 19. Soldiers from 57th Infantry Battalion conducted a clearing operation, yielding to the discovery of an enemy camp with running trenches, foxholes, and sniper bunkers in Barangay Magaslong, Datu Piang on Tuesday.

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Said BIFF camp can accommodate more or less 20 persons.

Upon scouring the area, troops recovered components of Anti-Personnel Mines, a rifle scope, empty shells, wires and nails, medical supplies, and documents.

“This is not a victory announcement but a significant progress in the fight against the BIFF and the Daesh-inspired group,” said Major General Cirilito Sobejana, Joint Task Force Central Commander.

“We do not want to give them the opportunity to gather and to create fear in the community, but we will sustain our focused military operation to end this amuck in the society,” added MGen Sobejana.

Ground units intensify their combat and intelligence operations in Central Mindanao.

“Soldiers will carry out their mission of protecting the people and of securing the area of operations against all threats that impede stability and economic progress in Mindanao,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, commander of Western Mindanao Command. “We will defeat terror groups with our intense offensives and cooperation with our peace partners and the people of Mindanao.” Western Mindanao Command