BIFF leader in SAF44 ‘massacre’ arrested

The Moro rebel leader whose group is allegedly coddling Basit Usman and his cohorts was arrested by government operatives Sunday night in General Santos City. Ustadz Mohammad Ali Tambako’s group is also one of the three Moro rebel groups who engaged with Special Action Force troopers last January 25, 20015.

Tambako with at least five of his men were riding a tricycle at Barangay Calumpang, General Santos City while on their way to seaport. Reports say, after the arrest, Tambako will be brought to Manila by government operatives for further interrogation.

Tambako is the leader of United Islamic Movement for Justice also known as JIM, a splinter group of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. He was a former BIFF finance officer, he took the helm of leadership in BIFF after Ameril Umbra Kato suffered stroke. However, Kato’s chief-of-staf Kagi Karialan did not like Tambako’s leadership.

“It is one and the same group. It was only a product of rivalry between Tambako and Kagi Karialan, the chief of staff of the BIFF,” Armed Forces of the Philippines Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala said in previous briefing.

Moro rebels from the group of Tambako, Karialan and MILF’s 105th Base Command under Zacaria Goma were among the armed fighters who fought with SAF leading to the death of 44 troopers.