He further clarified that the BARMM is talking with the BIFF
factions of Bongos and Karialan that are both operating in the province of Maguindanao.
The dawn airstrikes, which were intended to destroy the BIFF
's bomb-making facilities, killed a woman and wounded her husband, a suspected BIFF member, and their 10-year-old grandson.
The Western Mindanao Command said personnel of the Army's 6th Infantry Division killed nine more members of the BIFF
is a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
'This edition of the festival is a reunion,' said Lee Yong-kwan, chairman of the BIFF
bandits fired the temporary position of Army troopers using 40 millimeter M203 grenade launchers at around 7:00 p.m.
Also taken over was the bomb-making lair of the BIFF
, said Zagala, adding that BIFF members were restricted to their other camps.
is already out of the area,' Breboneria said, referring to the 'SPMS box' where the BIFF
were reported massing up before the military offensive that commenced last July 25.
The military said the slain bandits were followers of Abu Toraife, the leader of one of the three factions of the BIFF
. The group uses the flag of the Islamic State as its banner.
The Philippine Air Force launched the airstrikes about 3:30 a.m., while a group of gunmen allegedly led by Abu Toraife, leader of a faction of the BIFF
, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, was massing in the marshland of Barangay Kabasalan, Pikit, Cotabato, according to Army Major Homer Estolas, 6th Infantry Division spokesperson.
Cirilito Sobejana, commander of Joint Task Force Central, identified the slain suspect as a certain Saudi Sabang, an alleged member of the BIFF
group under the leadership of Hassan Indal of Karialan Faction.
Dickson Hermoso, spokesman of the Philippine Army's 6th Infantry Division, said the military operation against the BIFF
was supposed to have concluded on Wednesday.
The SPMS box is a military term referring to the adjoining towns of Shariff Aguak, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Datu Salibo and Mamasapano, which has become a jump-off point of the BIFF
in launching planned attacks against military and police installations in the province.
Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Philippine Army's 6th Infantry Division, said in a statement that joint elements of the 40th Infantry Battalion, 61stReconnaissance Company, and 10th Special Forces Company discovered the BIFF
encampment on Sunday.
The group of Abu Toraife and the two other factions in the BIFF
, one led by Imam Bongos and the other by Imam Karialan, have a reputation for bombing establishments that refuse to shell out "protection money" regularly.