By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL
CAMP SIONGCO, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao
A member of the Islamic State-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) was killed during an encounter in Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao on the morning of Wednesday, the WestMinCom Commander said.
Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) said, “Troops of the Limpongo Patrol Base were conducting checkpoint operations in Barangay Limpongo, Datu Hoffer when they encountered more or less 10 members of the BIFF.”
Vinluan said the 45-minute exchange of fires resulted in the death of one enemy and the wounding of a member of the Civilian Active Auxiliary.
“We immediately deployed supplemental troops to reinforce the engaged troops and pursue the fleeing enemies in the mountainous part of Datu Hoffer,” said Lt. Col. Cresencio Sanchez, Jr., Commander, 1st Mechanized Battalion.
Lt. Col. Sanchez, Jr. further said that the wounded CAA incurred a gunshot wound on his left leg. “He was rushed by the troops to IPHO Maguindanao for immediate medical treatment”.
While clearing the encounter site, troops recovered the dead body of the slain BIFF member who was identified as a.k.a. Nasser Kandao. Also recovered were one M16 rifle, one XRM motorcycle, and two short magazines.
“I already directed our soldiers to conduct combat patrol along Ampatuan and Shariff Aguak National Highway and establish blockade on the possible enemy withdrawal routes,” said Col. Ferdinand Lacadin, Officer-in-Charge of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade.
The cadaver of a.k.a. Nasser Kandao and the recovered motorcycle were turned over to Datu Hoffer Municipal Police Station while the recovered firearm was deposited at 1MechBn headquarters for safekeeping.
Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, Commander of the Joint Task Force Central commended the gallantry of the soldiers and CAA members of the Limpongo Patrol Base.
“We are grateful that our battle casualty incurred just a minor injury and is now feeling better at the hospital,” said Maj. Gen. Uy. JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL