By Ali G. Macabalang
Cotabato City – Two villagers were killed, while seven others were wounded in renewed atrocities committed Sunday night by the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao.
Unti Kamama, 60, and his 13-year-old grandson Mohammad were identified by local authorities as those who were slain after sustaining gunshot wounds in the attack.
Responding police and Army probers said a soldier, Private First Class Clinton Rigor of the 40th Infantry Battalion, was also wounded in the incident.
Wounded were pre-school Moro children Ana, Butoh and Bai, all surnamed Tukay, and their neighbor, Ela Tayog.
Some 30 BIFF gunmen first attacked at about 8:40 p.m. Sunday an Army detachment at Shariff Aguak’s Barangay Timbangan, sparking a gunfight, police and civilian officials said.
They said another group of bandits also fired at nearby houses of Moro families, killing the Kamamas and wounding the four children and two adults, Aila Amor, 25, and Tukay Kamama, 26.
The BIFF, which splintered from the MILF in 2010, uses the flag of the Islamic State as revolutionary banner.
Maj. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega, head of the Army’s Sixth Infantry Division, earlier said the BIFF rampage was obviously meant to avenge the deaths of more than 30 members killed in recent offensives by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)-backed by soldiers.
MILF forces have reportedly killed 27 combatants of one of three BIFF factions, the one under Esmael Abdulmalik, in encounters from last week of July to early September.
The MILF launched the offensive against Abdulmalik and his men after they attempted to hoist the IS flag in strategic areas in Maguindanao’s Salibo and Shariff Saidona towns.