Militiaman hurt at BIFF roadside bombing in Maguindanao

AMPATUAN, MAGUINDANAO – A citizenry was injured when an improvised explosive (IED) dropped off during a security patrol in Barangay Labu-Labu 2 Wednesday morning.

The IED could have been planted by members of Islamic state-related Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), Capt. Arvin John Encinas, speaking for the 6th Infantry Division, said.

He said that a team of Geographical units of the Civilian Forces (Cafgu) carried out a patrol near its base in Datu Hofer, Maguindanao, when an IED exploded on 18:15 Wednesday.

"The citizen was slightly injured but he is safe now," said Encinas.

After the explosion, soldiers closed parts of Isulan in Sultan Kudarat to Cotabato City national highway for about an hour to investigate.

Soldiers and soldiers patrol regularly on the motorways of Maguindanao, especially in the neighboring cities of Ampatuan, Shariff Aguak, Datu Hofer and Datu Unsay because of frequent bombing on the road by BIFF.

Previously, Brig. Diosdado Carreon, the commander of the 601st Infantry Brigade, said that BIFF has resorted to bombers along the road after suffering heavy losses.

He said the army recently recovered several firearms, including 50 cal. sniper rifles, after clashes with the group in the confines of Datu Salibo and Shariff Aguak cities.

Military officials said the bombing in Datu Hofer was a diversionary maneuver after a successful artillery offensive Tuesday in Sultan sa Barongis, Maguindanao, where seven BIFF hunters, including a subcommandant, were killed.

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