Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, a break away group of Moro Islamic Liberation Front, suffered 20 to 50 casualties after the Philippine Army shelled the rebel group’s position Saturday in Barangay Kabasalan, Pikit, North Cotabato. Army artillery units, 105mm howitzer, fired at least 50 rounds of projectiles towards the position of BIFF starting 6AM to around 1PM of Saturday.
“We do not have the exact figures of BIFF casualties but based on the reports that we are getting, they (BIFF) probably sustained a minimum of 20 casualties,” government managed news outlet quots 602nd Infantry Brigade commander Colonel Noel Clement.
Armed Forces Public Affairs Office chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc estimates 50. “Persistent reports indicate the BIFF incurred a lot of casualties during the military operation. More or less 50 were killed from the enemy side.”
Department of National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin warned the rebel group. “If they will surrender, that’s fine, but if they will resist, the government will throw everything it has against them.”
Government forces have gained control of Kabasalan in Pikit, while BIFF fighters have fled towards the marshy area of Sultan Sabarongis, Maguindanao.