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BIFF commander, follower killed in North Cotabato clash

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Two alleged members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), including a commander, were killed, while a soldier was injured in a clash in North Cotabato, military said.

Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) said that the encounter took place in Sitio Macantal, Barangay Olandang in Midsayap town Saturday, April 20.

While serving warrant of arrest, combined elements of the 34th Infantry Battalion and the Midsayap Municipal Police Station were allegedly fired upon by heavily armed men under BIFF 2nd Division Commander Mando Mamalompong, alias DM.

A heavy firefight ensued that resulted to the deaths of Mamalompong and one of his followers identified as Nur Hamid Sabdulla, alias Tong, while one soldier was slightly wounded.

According to Westmincom, Mamalompong was the concurrent spokesperson of the Karialan Faction.

Seized from the encounter site were an M16 rifle, one M14 rifle and assorted magazines and ammunition.

The wounded soldier was immediately evacuated to the nearest hospital for medical attention.

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