Army and BIFF clash in Datu Salibo, Maguindanao

The town of Datu Salibo in Maguindanao is held hostage by almost daily skirmishes that began on February 5 between soldiers of the Army's 6th Division standing guard over a national government dredging project in the Butalo River and a small group of some 20 to 30 men allegedly of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) led by Commander Abunawas and Commander Bungos.

The Army's 6th Infantry Division said the BIFF planted some 40 improvised explosive devices (IED) there, and it was working to clear the area.

On Wednesday (March 2) as the Army's 6th Infantry Division commander was about to oversee a flag raising ceremony to show that it had taken back Datu Salibo from the rebels, an IED exploded some 500 meters away and a gunfight took place.

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