Another ISIS-inspired group based in Maguindanao has reclaimed their camp in Datu Salibo town, police said.
A report on 24 Oras on Saturday said that the Jamaatu al-Muhajireen wal Ansar, a faction of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), have retaken their camp in the town.
A video from the local police in Datu Salibo dated August 29 showed armed men firing their guns from the said camp.
On Friday night, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his fear of a spillover of the Marawi crisis in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
As martial law remains in effect in Mindanao... I was thinking that we could, you know, lift it earlier. But the way it looks, parang may spillover nasa sa ARMM eh," Duterte said in a speech during the 1th Founding Anniversary of the Eastern Mindanao Command held at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Davao City.
The local terror group is also a supporter of the Maute group that laid siege to Marawi City last May 23, which prompted Duterte's declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
The report said that the terror group was able to retake their camp in Datu Salibo despite the joint operations of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and government troops.
The MILF said that its fighters have been trying to repel the terror group's members since August 6.
The MILF said that at least 12 of its fighters have been killed since August 6. Its fighters, meanwhile, have killed at least 20 members of the BIFF faction. —report from Ian Cruz/ALG, GMA News