Philippine Army troopers are now in pursuit of the elements of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) who attacked the town of Datu Piang in Maguindanao on Thursday night.
According to the 6th Infantry Division spokesperson and battalion commander of the 6th Civil Military Operations Lt. Col. Anhouvic Atilano, some 30 members of the BIFF entered Barangay Poblacion of the said town around 10:30 in the evening of Thursday.
The bandits harassed an army detachment, particularly that of the Charlie Company of the 6th Infantry “Redskin” Battalion.
“Reinforcements from 6ID immediately responded and managed to drive away the terrorist group after massive exchange of gunfire that lasted for 40 minutes. While retreating, the rebels met the patrolling PNP (Philippine National Police) and had an encounter, burning the police patrol car,” the Army said in a statement.
No casualties were, however, recorded from the attack.
Meanwhile, Atilano said the BIFF attackers shot houses as they fled but clarified that the Santa Teresita church in the town proper was not burned as mentioned in initial reports and contrary to the information circulating on social media.
The BIFF reportedly retreated east side of Barangay Poblacion going to Ligawasan Marsh.
The army official assured the public that the military are now in the area and in control of the situation. SOVEREIGNPH