Alleged BIFF officer slain near 6th ID HQ, cop wounded in Cotabato City grenade attack

August 16, 2017 - 9:47 AM

COTABATO CITY, Philippines — Authorities killed an alleged official of a faction of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Datu Odin Sinsuat town, Maguindanao while a policeman was wounded when a grenade was lobbed at his home in Cotabato City.

Both incidents happened Tuesday evening.

Capatain Arvin Encinas, spokesman of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said Ibrahim Ali, alias “Kumander Ibs,” died when he tried to shoot it out with soldiers and police who raided his hideout in Barangay Awang, near the division’s headquarters, around 7:15 p.m.

A .45 caliber pistol was recovered from Ali, who was described as a bomb-maker of the so-called Karialan faction of the BIFF, and was included in the arrest order issued by the Department of National Defense following the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, in Cotabato City, police chief Senior Superintendent Victor Valencia said two motocycle-riding men lobbed the grenade at the home of Police Officer 2 Yasser Usop in Barangay Rosary Heights 3.

Usop, who is assigned to the police station of Datu Anggal Midtimbang, was rushed to the Cotabtao Regional and Medical Center where he remains confined.