BIFF faction leader, followers surrender in Maguindanao

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    THE leader of a breakaway faction of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and 10 of his followers surrendered to police and military officials Saturday.

    Police said Datu Nino Ebrahim alias Dats and his men surrendered to deny involvement in atrocities in Datu Piang town in Maguindanao.

    Ebrahim is leader of the Karialan faction, one of the three factions that broke from the BIFF after their leader, Ameril Umbra Kato, died in April 2015, said Brig. General Samuel Rodriguez, director of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.

    Ebrahim yielded an M-16 rifle, while the 10 others also surrendered their respective firearms, he said.

    Ebrahim’s men were identified as Mohidin Kusain, Mehad Guiamandal, Jiad Ebrahim, Jiamal Ebrahim, Gaporke Damada, Indal Damada, Hamudi Amil, Kalim Zucamen, Wari Damada, and Ausain Sansawa.

    Rodriguez said 134 BIFF members were charged with violation of RA 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, multiple frustrated murder, and destructive arson for an incident in Datu Piang, Maguindanao on December last year.

    Around 50 BIFF fighters led by Salahudin Hasan and Muhiden Animbang stormed Datu Piang town in Maguindanao in December last year in what police said was possibly in retaliation for the arrest of two of its members in an anti-illegal drugs operations, political rivalry between the town mayor and vice mayor, and revenge for the death of a certain Abu Suffian who was killed in a police operation in Cotabato City two day before the attack.

    During the attack, the BIFF members burned a police vehicle, and fired at a church and a school. Police later arrested two BIFF members who were charged with illegal possession of firearms.