Militants kill Philippine soldier in south

Simultaneous dawn attacks in Mindanao wound further three soldiers

Militants kill Philippine soldier in south

World Bulletin/News Desk

A soldier has been killed and three wounded in two simultaneous attacks by militants in the Philippines’ restive south, the military said Saturday.

The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, known as BIFF, launched dual assaults on detachments of security forces in central Mindanao, the largest island in the southern Philippines, before dawn on Saturday, 6th Infantry Division spokeswoman Captain Jo-ann Petinglay said.

"An army soldier was killed and three others were wounded in simultaneous attacks by members of the BIFF in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat provinces," she said.

The Mindanao Examiner newspaper reported five militants killed after 200 attacked three army posts, citing unidentified officials.

The BIFF broke off from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in 2011 and opposes the peace deal signed between the Front and the government last year. Its campaign of bombings and attacks on government forces is aimed at achieving an independent state in Mindanao.

Troops and police have been conducting operations in the southern Philippines to curtail the activities of the BIFF and the Abu Sayyaf, another militant group.

"The 6th Infantry Division Commander is assuring the public... government forces will always be on top of the situation," Petinglay said.


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