CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Two armed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) bandits died following an engagement with the troops of 33rd Infantry Battalion of Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) manning a random checkpoint at Barangay Tuka, Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
Troops immediately alerted after they noticed 3 suspicious men riding an XRM motorcycle at 12:10 p.m. Armed with high-powered firearms, the rebels fired at the troops after they were challenged prompting the soldiers to return fire. The armed men flee leaving their motorcycle.
Pursuing troops ran after the fleeing bandits and exchange of gunfire ensued for about 20-minutes. Troops closed-in with the enemy positions and scoured the engagement site leading to the recovery of 2 dead bodies, 2 M16 rifles, and 1 sachet of suspected drugs.
The slain BIFF rebels were identified as Asraf Kalon a.k.a Tomama and Mubin Sugadol a.k.a. Laguiadin. One of their companions managed to escape and is now subject for manhunt.
JTFC Commander Maj. Gen. Diosdado C. Carreon commended the display of alertness and the successful pursuit operations conducted by the troops of 33rd IB.
“Let this incident serve as a warning for the terrorist that JTFC forces remain vigilant and ready to foil the terrorist’s treacherous scheme of attack against military troops manning the checkpoints.” Maj. Gen. Carreon said.
Random and intensified checkpoints are established in the different areas under JTFC where terror groups are thriving to prevent them from harassing soldiers and undermining the peace and security situation in Central Mindanao.
The cadavers of slain BIFF bandits and other recovered items were properly turned- over to Mamasapano Municipal Police for further investigation and proper disposition.