BIAF-MILF continues to pursue Abu Toraifies’ local terror group in Maguindanao town

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao –The Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has assured the public to continue their operation against the Abu Toraifies’ local terror group Jamaatul Muhajireen Wal-Ansar in Maguindanao town who had been indoctrinating ISIS principles to villagers or their recruits through deception and promises of Jannatul fir-Dauz (Paradise).

Earlies, Von Al-haq, BIAF spokesperson said in a radio interview that the death of the five BIAF members was an improvised explosive devised (IED) that exploded during their manhunt operation against the Abu Toraifie’s group in Andavit, Datu Salibo, Maguindanao on August 6. 

 Al Haqq said that they will fight this group until they are immobilized or no longer visible inside MILF controlled areas. 

“The area is so vast and they can hide in the forested mountains of Moro communities,” Al Haqq pointed out. 

Al Haqq clarified that the MILF field commanders operating in Maguindanao made a dialogue with this group on August 2 at Pusaw, Shariff Saidona Mustapha, asked them to leave the MILF areas, however they refused to negotiate and instead they fired first at the MILF emissary prompted the BIAF to defend themselves and fought back. 

In this case, BIAF spokesperson recalled a portion of the fatwah or ruling on violent extremism or terrorism issued by the Darul Iftah, Bangsamoro Mufti Shiek Abu Huraira Udasan that denounces terrorism and violent extremism, and therefore “a must to fight the terrorist,” Al Haqq warned. 

On why the BIAF must flush-out Abu Toraifies’ terror group, an MILF-BIAF Commander who requested anonymity said: “This is to free the civilian communities from terror, fear, danger, and possible devastation of their places from the hands of this group…terrorist is the enemy of humankind and their belief is beyond the teachings of Islam.” 

A report also said that the MILF will intensify operation even if this terror group is using landmines or booby-traps. 

On Thursday, the fighting continued in Barangay Tee of Datu Salibo where casualties on Abu Toraifie group had been reported based on traces of blood on the scene of the encounter.

In a related development, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has appealed to Esmail Abdulmalik a.k.a Abu Toraifie, the leader of Jamaatul Muhajireen Wal Ansar not to fight against BIAF troops.

Abu Amir, BIFF-Karialan faction Spokesman disclosed that Abu Toraifie was their former colleague but they splintered when military bombarded their camp in Mt. Kabalukan.

“Since the death of BIFF founding chairman Ustadz Ameril Umbra Kato, our group and Abu Turaifie faction has no more connection,” Abu Amir pointed out.

The BIFF Karialan group said that they were informed that Abu Turaifie released a video footage showing them pledging allegiance to the ISIS and organized their own group.

As of this report, tension is still high among residents in Sharif Saydona Mustapha, Datu Saudi Ampatuan and Datu Salibo, Maguindanao.