A Singaporean bomber and at least 20 other militants have been killed following airstrikes in the province of Maguindanao, as reported by ABS-CBN yesterday (Mar 12).
Maguindanao is a province in Southern Philippines.
According to Major General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, the Singaporean bomber is believed to be Muhamad Ali Abdul Rahiman, alias ‘Mauwiyah’.
The militants were members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Daulah Islamiyah.
The BIFF is a separatist organisation seeking an independent islamic state for the Filipino Muslim minority in the region of Mindanao.
Founded in 2010, the BIFF is a splinter group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The BIFF uses the flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) of which the group is inspired by.