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Army finds IEDs, bomb parts in boats left in Maguindanao town

The boats are believed to have been abandoned by fleeing Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. AFP, file
MAGUINDANAO, Philippines — Soldiers on Monday found boats loaded with explosives and other supplies believed abandoned in a marsh in Talayan town by terrorists evading state security forces.
 
The boats were moored close to each other in a swamp in Sitio Nangkalan in Barangay Katibpuan in Talayan, Maguindanao.
 
Three of the 10 boats carried explosives and materials to make booby traps and roadside bombs, according to the 19th Infantry Battalion, which operates in Talayan and nearby towns.
 
The boats were found a day after troops of the Bravo and Charlie Companies of the 19th IB fired 60-mm mortars on gunmen converging at Sitio Dungguan in the same barangay, forcing them to scamper away.
 
Maj. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division told The STAR Tuesday that the gunmen could be remnants of the Islamic State-inspired militants who clashed with soldiers two weeks ago in nearby Guindulungan town also in Maguindanao.
 
The 19th IB, in a report to Dela Vega’s office, said troops also found three improvised explosive devices ready for use.
 
The IEDs were immediately disarmed by responding Army bomb disposal experts.

Army recovers rifles in Datu Piang

Another team of soldiers also seized three hours later a 5.56-cal modified M16 rifle and a rifle fitted with an M203 grenade launcher from occupants of a house in the town proper of Datu Piang, Maguindanao.
 
Capt. Arvin Encinas, public affairs chief of 6th ID, said investigators have determined that the firearms belong to Abunawas Damiog, a senior member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.
 
The BIFF uses the flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as its revolutionary banner.
 
The police have invited the occupants of the house for questioning. 
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