Lt. Col. Alaric Avelino delos Santos, Western Mindanao Command spokesman, said the bandits initially attacked the detachment of the Charlie Company of the 6th Infantry Battalion (IB).
“Our troops retaliated and forced the BIFF to retreat. During their escape, they burned an unguarded police patrol car,” Delos Santos said.
The military said the gunmen, who went on a two-hour rampage, also indiscriminately fired on houses of villagers, forcing residents to scamper for safety.
The bandits fled after reinforcements from the police and military arrived.
Except for the police car, no other property was destroyed.
“Authorities are on top of the situation. Normalcy in the area was restored after our troops flushed them out,” Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, 6th Infantry Division commander, said.
Uy denied reports that the bandits also torched the Sta. Teresita church.
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