CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – A cache of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) was recovered yesterday (February 11) in  the continuing military operation against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) by the troops of 7th Infantry Battalion at the marshland area in the boundaries of Pikit, North Cotabato and Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao.

The operation targeted bomb-makers Katato Samad and Daurin Manampan, who escaped from the military troops in an operation last February 7 in Barangay Manaulanan of Pikit town.

Troops were able to recover a cache that contained 2 complete IED sets with electrical detonators and blasting caps and one unexploded 81mm mortar round at Barangay Dasawao in Shariff Saydona Mustapha while thoroughly scouring the area for remnants of the BIFF terrorists.

“The on-going operation of the Joint Task Force Central targeting the BIFF bomb-makers is meant to contain the terrorists who are hiding in the marshland areas to evade our pursing troops,” said JTFC Commander Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon.

“Our troops will hunt them down to thwart them from doing their terroristic plans in Central Mindanao,” the Commander added.

The recovered items were brought at 7th IB Headquarters in Kabacan, North Cotabato and are currently being evaluated by the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team.