BIFF member killed, another captured in North Cotabato

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    A MEMBER of the Daesh-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters was killed while another was injured and captured after a firefight in Midsayap town in North Cotabato.

    Citing a belated report, Capt. Arvin Encinas, spokesman of the Zamboanga City-based AFP Western Mindanao Command, said the battle occurred last Friday in Barangay Lumupog.
    Encinas said troops from the Army’s 34th Infantry Battalion on a security patrol chanced upon four BIFF men, leading to a brief firefight.

    Recovered at the scene were the body of the still unidentified BIFF member, two rifles, other war materiel and personal belongings.

    The three other BIFF men were able to escape but one of them was intercepted later in Barangay Olandang, also in Midsayap, aboard an ambulance of Datu Piang town in Maguindanao.

    The suspect, identified as Maguindale Nawal, 25, of Datu Piang, had a gunshot wound in the check he suffered during the firefight, according to 6th Infantry Division chief Maj. Gen. Diosdado Carreon.

    Operations are underway to apprehend the other two.

    Wesmincom chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana commended the troops for the feat and

    “Remain steadfast in accomplishing your mandated tasks as we continue to work for lasting peace here in the southern part of our beloved country.”