A military spokesperson said on Tuesday aerial assaults were launched as ground troops scour the interior of Datu Salibo town against the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
About 300 families have fled three adjoining villages in Datu Salibo town, Maguindanao for fear of getting caught in the crossfire between government forces and the BIFF.
Troops have launched pursuit operations against the BIFF after their renewed harassment against government forces and installations in the province, Capt. Arvin Encinas, 6th Infantry Division spokesperson said without mentioning what specific aircraft were used to carry out aerial assaults.
The latest attempt was a strafing incident Tuesday dawn, he said.
Encinas said the BIFF also planted four improvised explosive devices along the road in the village of Gawang, Datu Salibo on Monday.
Encinas said the recovered improvised bombs “have the signatures” of the BIFF and the same ordnance they have been using against government forces.
Meanwhile, Suara Bangsamoro cited reports claiming the Army conducted a “preemptive and reconnaissance patrols” using two Huey helicopters, 105-millimeter howitzers, FA-50 and MG520 fghter planes against the BIFF forces believed to be lurking in the the municipalities of Shariff Aguak, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Datu Salbo and Mamasapano.