Army detachments hit; no casualties reported

TWO Cafgu detachments of the 38th Infantry Battalion were attacked by alleged members of Bangsamoro Islamic Federation Front (BIFF) in different areas around 12:40 a.m. in North Cotabato yesterday.

Capt. Marvin Encinas, spokesperson of 6th Infantry Division, told TIMES, that about 50 BIFF members attacked the detachments at Pagangan, Aleosan town and Nalapaan, Pikit town.

Encinas said the attack resulted to about an hour of firefight.

The group withdrew to unknown direction.

There was no reported casualty among the soldiers.

“They have been planning this for a long time, which is to inflict casualty on our soldiers,” he said. “Good thing is we monitored their movements with the help of the civilians and our MILF brothers.”

As of this time, the troops were already conducting clearing operation in the area. There’s no reported wounded or casualty on the BIFF’s side.

Supt. Romeo Galgo Jr., speaking for police in Soccsksargen region, told the Philippine News Agency that although outnumbered, the soldiers and Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) returned fire that forced the attackers to flee.

At about 4 a.m., the same group, using rocket propelled grenades and assault rifles, harassed an army base in Barangay Pagangan, Aleosan, also in North Cotabato.

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