The Moro Islamic Liberation Front released names of its killed fighters during the Mamasapano clash between Special Action Force troopers and Moro rebels from Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.
MILF chief peace negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said eighteen of its fighters were killed while fourteen were injured. “Bangsamoro have also suffered a lot as a result of several massacres. The encounter in Mamasapano wasn’t intended by either side – from side of government and MILF. It was a pure and simple misencounter,” he added.
SAF troopers were on a mission to arrest Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and Basit Usman. Amid loss of forty-four elite commandos, the government said it was a mission accomplished.
“The SAF got their man. Mission accomplished,” Roxas told a unit of SAF today. “Legitimate operation po itong paghahanap kay Marwan. Ang SAF-44 na ito ay namatay dahil sa kanilang paninindigan, para sa bayan at sa bandila.”