Army, BIFF clash anew in Maguindanao town

By Lore Mae L. Andong, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Aug 06 2014 04:30 PM | Updated as of Aug 07 2014 12:30 AM

MAGUINDANAO - The military clashed anew with the the breakaway group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Barangay Ganta, Shariff Saydona Mustapha town, Maguindanao late Tuesday evening.

According to the 6th Infantry Division, the firefight ensued after the patrol base of the 61st Division Reconnaissance Company (DRC) in Barangay Ganta was harassed by undetermined number of armed men believed to be members of the BIFF at around 11:45 p.m.

The military said the rebels also strafed the patrol base of the 62nd DRC in Sitio Dam, Barangay Damabalas in Datu Piang, Maguindanao at around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Prior to the two harassment incidents, an explosion occurred around 300 meters away from the patrol base of the 61st DRC on Monday night.

The military said the blast may have been caused by an improvised explosive device intended for the troops passing by the area.

No casualty was reported in the explosion as well as the clashes.

But the chairman of Barangay Damabalas warned residents living near Barangay Ganta to refrain from going to their farmlands for now.

Some residents of Barangay Ganta were moved to the nearby village of Bakat, Shariff Saydona Mustapha.

It was during Ramadhan when government troops and BIFF bandits last figured in sporadic firefights in Barangay Ganta, a former stronghold of the rebel group.