DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao - A soldier and 9 gunmen from the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were killed in a skirmish in this town late Saturday.
State troops were conducting clearing operations in Barangay Maitumaig when they encountered some 50 BIFF rebels, said Major Gen. Arnel Dela Vega, commander of the Army's 6th Infantry Division.
A 3-hour firefight ensued, he said, which left Private First Class Carl Junaga and 9 BIFF gunmen dead, and injured Private First Class Harold Dionisio.
Last month, the rebel group torched at least 20 houses in a Tiduray community in the area.
The army will intensify its operations against the BIFF, said Dela Vega. Report from Jasper Acosta, ABS-CBN News