The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) is a Muslim militant organization based in Mindanao, the Philippines. They are a smaller player in the overall Moro insurgency in the Philippines and are mostly active in central Mindanao.
Led by Ameril Umbra Kato, the BIFF broke away from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in 2008. In 2008, after the Philippine Supreme Court nullified the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain signed by the Philippine government and the MILF, Kato led a contingent of MILF fighters in an attack against civilians. Their goal is independence for the Bangsamoro people and area, and they have declared that they will not settle for anything less. They rejected the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, a preliminary peace agreement signed between the Government of the Philippines and the MILF and vowed to continue their fight.
In January 2014, after the final annexes of the Framework Agreement was signed, the Armed Forces of the Philippines launched Operation Darkhorse against the BIFF. The army captured the BIFF's main camp in Barangay Ganta, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao which reportingly held 500 fighters.
On February 4, 2014, MNLF Islamic Command Council chairman Habib Mujahab Hashim confirmed reports that the BIFF forged an alliance with his group, the Moro National Liberation Front.
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