Troops from the Joint Task Force Central foiled terror plots and confiscated explosives in South Cotabato. on July 24, 2021.
According to Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command, soldiers were conducting focused military operations when they encountered undetermined number of Daulah Islamiyah-Maguid Group members under Jaiden Jade Nilong, a.k.a. Aliboy, in Barangay Lumakil, Polomolok, South Cotabato.
Firefight ensued which lasted for 20 minutes after which the enemy withdrew bringing along their casualties with them.
While scouring the encounter site, soldiers recovered 15 improvised explosive devices, five blasting caps, one IED remote detonator, three batteries, one hand grenade, 94 rounds 5.56mm ammunition, 65 rounds 7.62mm ammunition, one magazine, two Nokia analog cellphone, one smartphone, four civilian backpacks, four hammocks, one Commander Muslim book, one electric tester, one roll nylon, and nine meters rope.
“There are possible casualties as evident on the bloodstains that scampered in the area,” said Brig. Gen. Roy Galido, Commander of 601st Infantry Brigade.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, Commander of Joint Task Force Central said the successful operation is attributable to the strong coordination between the intelligence and operating units.
“Congratulations to the operating troops for successfully preempting the local terrorists from executing their terror plan,” said Maj. Gen. Uy.
Follow-up operations are being conducted to block the withdrawal route of the fleeing enemies.
“Our ground troops will keep guard in order to preempt any terror ploy of the terrorist. We will also sustain our offensives to neutralize the remaining terrorists and protect the communities,” said Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr.