BIFF member neutralized in Maguindanao encounter

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Government forces in pursuit of local terrorist groups killed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) member during the conduct of security operations in Barangay Duguengen, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao on Monday, July 18, 2022.

According to Lt. Col. Benjamin Cadiente Jr., Commanding Officer of the 33rd Infantry Battalion (33IB), soldiers conducting security operations encountered six fully-armed members of the BIFF-Karialan faction under Muslimin Amilil at around 2:15 AM. The firefight lasted for about 11 minutes after which, the BIFF members scampered in different directions leaving behind their dead comrade.

The fatality was identified as Ramos Amilil. The soldiers recovered his dead body along with one M14 Rifle, one M16 Rifle, magazines, a bandolier, and several pieces of ammunition.
Major General Roberto S Capulong, Acting Commander of 6th Infantry ‘Kampilan Division and Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) lauded the troops of 33IB for their unwavering operations to curb lawlessness, criminalities, and terrorist threats in the JTFC area of jurisdiction.

“The death of Amilil is a big loss to the BIFF, a local terrorist group. Those weakened BIFF-Karialan Faction members who remain entangled in their twisted violent ideology and terroristic ways must surrender now, so that no more blood will be shed in their futile struggle,” MGen. Capulong said as he underscored the importance of continued offensives to neutralize the remaining BIFF terrorists and prevent them from waging violence and intimidation against our peace-loving communities in the province of Maguindanao.

Amilil’s death was the third of BIFFs neutralized by government troops while 133 surrendered and 105 high-powered firearms were confiscated and seized from January to date. — PA

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