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BIFF fails to sow violence in Pigcawayan

A combined group of policemen and government forces board a military truck after Islamist militants, who had holed up in a primary school, retreated after a gunbattle with troops but were holding some civilians hostage, in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato, Philippines June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Marconi Navales NO
A combined group of policemen and government forces board a military truck after Islamist militants, who had holed up in a primary school, retreated after a gunbattle with troops but were holding some civilians hostage, in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato, Philippines June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Marconi Navales NO

The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) failed to launch a new siege in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato after government forces prevented them.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesperson B/Gen. Resitituto Padilla, said government troops immediately responded since the whole force of military in Mindanao is on full alert since the clash in Marawi City flared.

Padilla added that the BIFF took advantage of the situation in Marawi and if the military was not prepared, it would have led to a possible ‘Pigcawayan Siege.’

The official considered the BIFF’s act as harassment to show that they still exist.

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