Military offensive against BIFF ends

Photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Done. The military has officially ended operations against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), intended to protect the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front from possible spoilers. Known as “Operation Darkhorse,” the week-long offensive resulted in the death of 52 BIFF members and the wounding of 49 others. Four BIFF camps were also captured, along with an improvised explosive device (IED) factory. On the government side, one soldier was killed and 20 were wounded; 8 civilians caught in the crossfire were also wounded, including journalists. Smaller-scale operations will be conducted by the military to pursue the remaining splinter groups.

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A related story on the BIFF’s use of child soldiers is also on Rappler.