On air strike

On air strike against DAESH inspired terrorists in North Cotabato Joint Task Force Central launched air strike and ground operations against the DAESH inspired terrorist members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)

under Esmael Abdulmalik @ Abu Turaife at Brgy Tunganon, Carmen, North Cotabato at dawn on December 19, 2017 (Tuesday). The operation was conducted to weed out the terrorist group and to free the communities from the terror menace brought about by the BIFF.

All safety procedures were undertaken of the well-coordinated, deliberately planned, and specific-target operation. The targeted areas are far from the local communities, hence, the operation was conducted with outmost consideration that the civilian populace are far from harm’s way, ensuring their safety and protection.

Ground troops were also deployed in the ground in order to contain the threat group and the fighting in a small area of Barangay Tunganon.

“I am very determined to defeat the threat groups and thwart them from doing terroristic activities in Central Mindanao. The continued support and cooperation of the community hasten and complement the ability of JTF Central to prevent and counter the efforts of the radical extremist groups in sowing fear and violence in the area of operation,” Task Force Central Commander Major General Dela Vega said.