BIFF’s hand seen in the Maguindanao attack
September 19, 2021 | 11:48 a.m.
COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Islamic freedom fighters from Bangsamoro were behind the bombing in Datu Piang, Maguindanao on Saturday that injured eight people and caused panic among residents, local authorities said .
The BIFF, operating like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and known to have bombed establishments and public transport if the owners refuse to spend “protection money”, has been accused of ” be involved in all the deadly attacks in central Mindanao since 2013.
Eight inhabitants of Datu Piang – Norodin Musa, 21; Fahad Tato, 22; Samsudin Kadtugan, 21; Benzar Macogay, 24; In the middle of Miparanun, 19; Carlo Mobpon, 25; Wanti Mohamad, 21; and Tukoy Abo, 13, was injured in the blast.
They were in a covered courtyard in downtown Datu Piang when an explosive detonated on one side of the facility.
The explosion sparked panic among local residents, accustomed to harassment from BIFF.
The BIFF is led by religious extremists, including Abu Toraife, Kagui Karialan and Imam Bongos, each facing more than 30 criminal cases in different courts.
BIFF bandits attacked the Datu Piang police station in late 2020 and shot at the town’s old Catholic chapel before fleeing as army reinforcements marched to the scene.