COTABATO CITY—The navy mentioned air and floor assaults on hideouts of renegade Moro rebels suspected of offering shelter to terrorists had killed a minimum of 21 rebels and wounded 26 others, however renegade leaders mentioned bombs dropped by navy planes “only hit trees and the marshland.”

The offensives have been launched from March 13 to 16, in accordance with the navy.

Col. Diosdado Carreon, 601st Infantry Brigade commander, mentioned FA-50 jets and MG 520 assault helicopters have been used in the bombardment.

Abu Misry Mama, spokesperson of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), mentioned the air strikes and floor assaults solely led to displacement of villagers.

“The bombs only hit trees and the marshland,” Mama mentioned. “We were not there when the bombings occurred. We are not affected, only the civilians were displaced.”

“We are still here,” he mentioned, denying that the BIFF, composed of former members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front against peace talks with the federal government, was offering shelter to terrorists.

Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, the navy’s Western Mindanao Command spokesperson, mentioned the navy had been validating experiences that alleged overseas terrorist Muhammad Ali bin Abdulrahman, alias Muawiyah, and Singaporean bomb skilled Salahuddin Hassan have been amongst these killed in the navy assaults in the outskirts of Datu Salibo city.

Petinglay mentioned Esmael Abdulmalik, alias Abu Toraype, founder of latest terror group Dawlah Islamiyah Maguindanao, was additionally killed. Abdulmalik can also be a member of the BIFF, Petinglay mentioned.

Capt. Arvin John Encinas, spokesperson of the Army’s sixth Infantry Division (ID), mentioned 5 improvised explosive gadgets and bomb parts have been recovered throughout the three-day operation.

The assaults have been launched after overseas terrorists have been sighted with native BIFF forces in the villages of Andavit and Tee in Datu Salibo.

Brig. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, sixth ID chief and head of Joint Task Force Central, mentioned no casualty was reported on the federal government aspect.

At three a.m. on Saturday, 5 firearms have been recovered following a short gunfight between troopers and the BIFF in Barangay Pidsandawan, Raja Buayan, Maguindanao. It was not clear if renegades suffered casualties.

Encinas mentioned troopers additionally discovered manuals for bomb-making that indicated the presence of terrorists in the realm.

The rebels and their trainees have been allegedly focusing on the ability traces of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines and different civilian installations in Mindanao.

Encinas mentioned the group that the troopers encountered in Raja Buayan was amongst these educated by slain worldwide terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, who was killed in Mamasapano city, Maguindanao, in January 2015.

That operation led to the deaths of 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force.

The group with hyperlinks to Marwan has been coaching native renegades, together with members of the Lanao del Sur-based Maute Group, to make bombs. Test missions embody bombing energy pylons and public locations.

Source: inquirer