An alleged member of the lawless Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) was seriously injured as well as his 10-year old son, while his wife was killed when improvised explosives he kept in his safe house in North Cotabato accidentally tripped.
Joint Task Force (JTF) Central commander Maj. Gen. Diosdado Carreon said the explosion transpired Thursday, July 25, when the government troops were conducting focused operations to thwart hostile plans of BIFF and Abu Toraypie group in Brgy. Dasawao, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao.
“This alerted BIFF factions who thought they were being attacked by government forces in Kabasalan, Pikit, North Cotabato,” he said.
Carreon added that terror groups plan to launch IED attacks in urban and populated areas in Central Mindanao.
Masla is a follower of BIFF key leader Abdul Haber Usman, alias Commander Edsgrapil, under Bungos’ faction.
Edsgrafil and his cohorts safekeep, transport, and dispatch IEDs kept at their houses in Sitio Butilen, Barangay Kabasalan.
Their safe houses served as the launching point of bombings perpetrated by BIFF in North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat, posing an imminent threat to all residents in Central Mindanao and in nearby regions.
“The military will never allow these terror groups to thrive in the area and terrorize the people of Central Mindanao. We will work hand in hand with other government agencies to maintain peace and security so that the BARMM government can serve the people without interruption,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of Western Mindanao Command.
“We will sustain our campaign to defeat peace spoilers and engage local leaders and the community in order to secure the coveted peace and development in the BARMM (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao),” he added.