Military, Police launch manhunt vs BIFF over roadside bombing

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Manila, Philippines – The Philippine National Police together with the military forces are hunting down an IS-linked Moro armed group who set off two improvised roadside bombs on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

The said bombings left one police officer dead and seven other government forces injured.

The separate Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks came at 8pm on December 31 and 7am of January 1.

Senior Police Officer Max Kaibat was killed in the 8pm December 31 incident. He died while undergoing medical operation at Maguindanao Provincial Hospital located few meters away from the site.

Meanwhile, injured and undergoing treatment are P03 Jalison Abdullah, P01 Archie Ansare Amelista, PO1 Ricardo P Almonia, P01 Alimodin K Nuphay and P01 Zainoden Abdullah, all members of Shariff Aguak town police force.

They are being treated under the same hospital.

According to Senior Superintendent and Maguindanao Police Director Agustin Tello,  a police car loaded with police personnel were conducting security check during New Year’s Eve in Barangay Poblacion Mother when the improvised bomb went off.

The government forces believed that the attack was perpetrated by IS-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

Then early of January 1, a roadside bomb was set off while an Army truck with soldiers was patrolling Barangay Limpongo, Datu Hofer, Maguindanao. The incident left two soldiers involved.

Privates First Class Nelmar Acaso and John Mark Roquero both members of the 57th Infantry Batallion, were hit by shrapnel.

The soldiers were rushed to Maguindanao provincial hospital which is a kilometer away from the blast bomb site.

Police and military blamed the BIFF, the group had been the subject of offensives since Christmas Day.

 Source: PNA

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