The military found two M16 rifles and a dozen improvised explosive devices (IED’s) along the escape route of the BIFF terrorists who stormed the public market in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao town Saturday.
The Army’s 601st Brigade spokesperson said soldiers running after members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters who occupied and public market in Datu Paglas are now in custody of the two assault rifles and IEDs left along a trail in Barangay Lepak in nearby Pandag town in Maguindanao.
BIFF gunmen on Saturday morning also blocked with trucks that they commandeered a strategic stretch of a thoroughfare through Datu Paglas Highway, located in the second district of Maguindanao.
They escaped towards the nearby Liguasan Delta carrying five wounded companions after about an hour of running gunfight with soldiers dispatched to drive them away.
Local residents confirmed to reporters Tuesday that the escape routes of the fleeing BIFF bandits had blood stains, an indication that a number of them were wounded in running gunfights with Army units under the 601st Infantry Brigade.