Two BIAF members wounded by SAF snipers in Basilan

Isabela City, April 13, 2016. As military operations to hunt and neutralize the Abu Sayaaf Group (ASG) continue in Basilan, two members of Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (BIAF-MILF) were wounded  by snipers of Special Action Force (SAF)  while they were cooking their breakfast in Barangay Bohespiang, Albarka, Basilan,  around 8AM yesterday. 

The victims are identified as Hamid A. Astana, 28 yrs. old, and Ibni Amjani, 26 years old.

Barangay Bohepiang is known to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as an area of the MILF.  The GPH-MILF Coordinating Committees on Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) agreed that the BIAF will encamp in the said village  while the military are pursuing the ASG in Baguindan, Tipo-Tipo, Basilan.

The BIAF could not believe that SAF would fire at them despite constant coordinations with the military through the ceasefire mechanism. 

Astana in confined and being  treated at the Western Mindanao Command Hospital in Zamboanga City, while Ibni Amjani is confined at the Infante Hospital in Isabela City, Basilan.

The exchanged of fire lasted for about 20 Minutes before it ceased after the CCCH GPH-MILF intervened..

Meanwhile, three civilians captured by the military were allegedly tortured, one of them died of severe injuries. The other two who claimed to be members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are still in custody. The claim of MILF membership by the two captured civilians was confirmed by the MILF hierarchy.