, which uses the flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is a separate group from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which the government has signed a peace deal with.
Sobejana, hovever, reiterated that despite them waging war against the BIFF
, they are not closing their doors for their members who intend to surrender and have normal lives.
The off-duty Estribor and Pinto, who both belonged to the 57th Infantry Battalion of 6th ID, were in a car to Cotabato City when BIFF
gunmen opened fire at them from along the highway.
Two other BIFF
factions under Imam Mohiden Minimbang alias Ustadz Karialan and Esmail Abubakar alias Commander Bungos sent feelers they will not sabotage the plebiscite, Al Haq told the Inquirer.
The Army also added the fighting in Datu Paglas town was just a spillover of the military offensives they launched against the BIFF
two weeks ago in General SK Pendatun and Pagalungan, Maguindanao.
'I am very delighted because we have freed another village from the claws of BIFF
guerillas and their allied criminals could even resort to kidnap-for-ransom among villagers refusing to pay zakat, Mangudadatu warned.
Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Army's 6th Infantry Division, said Wednesday that vigilant farmers in Barangay Masalay and local members of the MILF alerted authorities to the suspicious convergence in Sitio Narra of the BIFF
Early October this year, the 602nd Brigade has intensified its military offensives against the BIFF
said to be hiding in two villages in Carmen, North Cotabato.
The retreating BIFF
militants, led by Commander Gapang Sapal, fired at houses along the riverbanks in Barangay Tunggol to create a diversion, killing a villager, Babai Masukat and wounding two others, Dangalo Dangwa and Serente Manginlas.
Pursuing soldiers encountered another band of armed men, also from the BIFF
, that triggered a 15-minute firefight in Barangay Dungguan, Datu Montawal, Maguindanao.
Abubakar, a former vice chief of staff of BIFF
and the group's vice chairman for political affairs, replaced BIFF
founder Ustadz Ameril Umbra Kato who died of natural cause early Tuesday morning.
The Police Regional Office-12 and the Army's 6th Infantry Division have pointed to the BIFF
, founded by the late Imam Ameril Umbra Kato in 2010, as responsible for the deadly August 28 and September 2 bombings in Isulan town in Sultan Kudarat that killed five and injured more than 40 others.
Police and military officials said the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF
) could be behind the recent bombing attempts in this town.
Cotabato City - The waging of Holy War in Mindanao will continue despite the death of Ameril Umbra Kato, the founder of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF