Military fires mortars against Bangsamoro rebels in Maguindanao town

Lora Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 06 2017 08:37 PM

DATU SALIBO, Maguindanao — The Armed Forces of the Philippines launched a mortar attack on Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in this town late Friday night, a military official said.

Major General Arnel dela Vega, the 6th Infantry Division Commander, confirmed the mortar shelling last night after receiving reports that BIFF members were sighted in the area.

Residents of Barangay Sambolawan said they heard a series of explosions which, according to Barangay Tee chairman Chos Manunggal, came from military artillery and aimed at the boundary of barangays Tee and Andavit in this town.

Manunggal believes the shelling targeted lawless elements seeking refuge in the marshlands. No one was hurt in the said mortar shelling, according to the barangay chairman.

As of posting time, government forces remain alert on possible harassment of militants.