BIFF regrouping to launch more attacks?


Posted at Feb 09 2014 06:08 PM | Updated as of Feb 10 2014 02:43 AM

MANILA -- Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) again attacked a tower of the National Grid Corp. in Mindanao on Saturday night.

This is the third attempt of the breakaway group to topple the transmission tower. The improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were planted on at least three foundations and were detonated around 8:45 p.m.

“They attempted to topple the National Grid tower, but it’s okay. It didn’t cause a brownout in the area," said Col. Dickson Hermoso, spokesman of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division.

"The three IEDs exploded on three of the four foundations. None of them broke down so we still have electricity,” he added.

Hermoso warned the BIFF may launch more attacks soon, saying they are monitoring a regrouping of the BIFF.

This is the third bombing launched by the BIFF since the Armed Forces declared last Sunday a victory in the so-called “Operation: Darkhorse.”

Armed Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala earlier said “Operation Darkhorse” resulted in the death of 52 BIFF members and injury of 49 more.

He also said four BIFF camps were seized as well a makeshift IED factory in Barangay Ganta, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao.

Even if major operations have ceased, the military will continue to run after members of the BIFF, who launched the attacks after the government signed the last annex in the peace deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

“We cannot cover all areas, we need the assistance of the people. We cannot cover everything because it's vast…There are too many towers in the mountains, can you cover all of them?” Hermoso noted.

Asked where the group is supposedly regrouping, he said: “Well, in the areas where they used to operate in Maguindanao’s first district.”