Explosives, firearms seized in Maguindanao

GOVERNMENT forces recovered high-powered firearms and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in two separate areas where they previously had an encounter with Daesh-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao, officials said Wednesday, March 4.

Colonel Jose Narciso, Army's 601st Infantry Brigade commander, said members of the 57th Infantry Battalion recovered two IEDs made of jetmatic pump while conducting clearing operation around 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the village of Salman, Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

Also, members of the Army's 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion recovered two high-powered firearms while scouring the encounter site in the village of Tuayan, Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao around 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 4.

Narciso said recovered were one 7.62-mm improvised sniper rifle and one 5.56-mm improvised rifle. Also recovered were several sacks of rice.

"Operating troops continue to scour the two areas of engagement while surgical operations are continuously being conducted in possible withdrawal route of the enemies," Narciso said.

"We are continuously gaining grounds and we remain steadfast in our efforts to crush down the remaining militants who refuse to return to the folds of the law," said Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, Western Mindanao Command chief.

"Congratulations to our troops from the Joint Task Force Central led by my mistah, Major General Diosdado Carreon. Carry on your good work," Sobejana added. (SunStar Zamboanga)


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