2 troops killed, 1 wounded in military clash with BIFF in Maguindanao

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Maguindanao (CNN Philippines, May 5) — Government troops guarding quarantine areas clashed with members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Datu Hoffer Ampatuan town in Maguindanao, leaving two soldiers killed, the military said on Monday.

A member of the 57th Infantry Battalion deployed in Barangay Talibadok was also wounded in the encounter on Sunday night.

The military's Western Mindanao Command said Private First Class Vicente Gata Jr. and Private First Class Jermie Ombiang died during the firefight which lasted for 45 minutes.

Soldiers are pursuing the BIFF members who fled the scene.

"We will make sure that these terrorists, who are obviously desperate to strike back during this time when we are all working to defeat the coronavirus, will pay for their treacherous acts," Western Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said in a statement.