As many as 200 members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters reportedly occupied the central market of Datu Paglas in Mindanao.

Suspected members of the group, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), stormed a city within the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Saturday, in keeping with media studies, forcing many residents to evacuate because the navy arrange highway blockades and superior in direction of the realm.

As many as 200 BIFF fighters reportedly entered Datu Paglas, a city within the province of Maguindanao in Mindanao, early on Saturday, in keeping with the state tv PTV.

PTV mentioned a “management battle” prompted the group of fighters, led by a sure Commander Solaiman Tudin, to occupy the city.

Video footage posted by MAX FM, a radio station within the neighbouring metropolis of Tacurong, confirmed authorities troops blocking a freeway resulting in Datu Paglas city.

One other video clip confirmed thick black smoke rising from the city, as some residents have been seen fleeing from the realm.

Esmael Mangudadatu, a Congress member and former governor of Maguindanao, informed the station that the primary concern now could be to safe the protection of civilians.

A navy spokesman within the area, recognized as Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Baldomar, was additionally quoted by Brigada Information FM, one other radio station, as saying that the fighters have occupied the Datu Paglas market.

The BIFF is a bunch of armed fighters against the peace settlement in southern Philippines between the primary Muslim insurgent group, Moro Islamic Liberation Entrance (MILF) and the central authorities.

In line with the navy, a number of the BIFF fighters have reportedly fought alongside the Maute group and the Abu Sayyaf within the siege of Marawi in 2017.

Some members of the BIFF have additionally reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also referred to as ISIS).