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24 May 2020 | 10:45 AM UTC

Philippines: Soldiers kill two militants in Maguindanao province May 23

Philippines News Alert

Filipino soldiers kill two Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) militants in Maguindanao province on May 23: further clashes likely in southern regions over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/24/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/27/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Manila). COUNTRY/REGION Maguindanao province, Mamasapano

Event

Filipino security forces clashed with Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) militants in the Mamasapano municipality (Maguindanao province) on Saturday, May 23. The clashes reportedly erupted at a security checkpoint in the barangay Tuka area of the municipality, when the militants opened fire on the security forces. According to local sources, the security forces killed at least two militants during a prolonged firefight.

Further security operations, as well as clashes between security forces and BIFF militants, are possible in Maguindanao province in the near term.

Context

The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) is an Islamist militant organization and Moro secessionist group active in the Mindanao region. The group has been active since 2008 when it split from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Advice

Individuals in Maguindanao are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for potential militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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