23 BIFF fighters killed in 24 hours

Twenty-three Moro rebels from the group of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters were killed in the province of Maguindanao since late afternoon of Tuesday, March 10. “As of today, the troops accounted 23 enemies killed among the BIFF bandits who were engaged by the troops in the swampy areas of Datu Piang and Datu Salibu towns,” Armed Force of the Philippines Public Affairs Office chief Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc said today.

The military also reported that two soldiers were killed in action while two others were wounded. Four MD520 attack helicopters and artillery units supported soldiers fighting on grounds.

“The pursuit operations were still ongoing in the marshland where the bandits split into small groups. Sporadic clashes erupted in the area at 10 a.m. today,” Lt. Col. Cabunoc added.

Since the start of all out offensive against BIFF, 96 rebels and 6 soldiers were killed. Philippine Army 6th Infantry Division commander Major General Edmundo Pangilinan said government forces will “continue the relentless pursuit operations against the lawless armed groups until they are effectively neutralized and unable to conduct atrocities against civilian communities.”