17:15 GMT +313 December 2018
Listen Live
    This photo taken on March 8, 2015 shows police investigators looking at dead bodies of alleged Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)

    Government Troops Kill 139 BIFF Militants in Southern Philippines

    © AFP 2018 / MARK NAVALES
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL
    0 33

    At least 139 Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have already been killed by government troops during the ongoing offensive in southern Philippines.

    Government troops have already destroyed at least 139 self-proclaimed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in their ongoing advance against militants in the southern Philippines, sources said.

    Another 53 militants were wounded in the military operation, in which the troops captured 12 fighters, according to army spokesman Joselito Kakilala.

    He said that the army is finalizing the active phase of the offensive and will "start an operation of containment as of next week."

    The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters is a breakaway militant group from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).  It is seeking full independence and disagrees with the MILF's acceptance of autonomy.

    Related:

    Philippines Government Slams Attempt to Install 'Junta'
    Death Toll Rises to 10 After Bus Bomb Explosion in Philippines
    Philippines Authorities Evacuate Over 600,000 аs Ruby Typhoon Approaches
    Tags:
    offensive, military operation, government, troops, Moro Islamic Liberation Front
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik