By Francis Wakefield
The military claimed that one of the two bodies recovered following the three-day surgical operation complemented by the ground troops in the areas of Salibu-Pagatin-Mamasapano and Shariff Aguak all of Maguindanao is believed to be a foreigner.
It was recalled that at least 20 bandits of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Daesh-Inspired terror group were neutralized during the military operations.
The bodies of two of those casualties were recovered in Brgy Inaladan, Shariff Saydona Mustapha by the troops of 40th Infantry Battalion, and one of which belong to a foreigner believed to be an Arab.
Accordingly, on March 12, 2019 while the troops of the 40th IB were conducting combat clearing operation supported by air and artillery fires in Brgy. Inaladan, they encountered an undetermined number of terrorist group.
The operation resulted to the neutralization of BIFF members 17 of whom were identified as Abdul Karim Kadil, Yusop Lakiman, alias Paks/Pagal, Yusop alias Bastardo, Musa alias USA, Dungadong alias Dong, Hamer Lakiman, Alladin Bagundong, Baser Abdula, Muhalidin Akob, Ansare Mukalir, Datokan Masala, Mutasir Manap, Kage Manap, Duang Ali , Mubarak Antoling, and Yusop Kadir.
Ground troops also reported that there were parts of the human body have seen in the encounter site and recovery of war paraphernalias and Anti-Personnel Mines.
On the other hand, one government trooper was killed while 11 others were wounded.
The neutralization of a foreign national significantly reduces the capability of the terror group on training and manufacturing of Anti-Personnel Mines.
“Soldiers of the 6th ID have been vigilantly guarding the entire Central Mindanao in order to constrict the firefight in specific engagement areas and continue to pursue the remnants of the terror group,” he added.