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5 Islamic preachers leave BIFF, form breakaway group


5 Islamic preachers leave BIFF, form breakaway group
By John Unson | 0 views October 02, 2016

MAGUINDANAO – Five radical clerics bolted from the separatist Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and called themselves the “moassesseen,” or the Mindanao counterpart of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Local officials in the province confirmed that five Islamic preachers bolted from the BIFF to form a breakaway faction focused on establishing an Asian Islamic caliphate allied with the ISIS.

The BIFF, who had earlier pledged allegiance to the ISIS, released a statement on Thursday identifying the five Islamic clerics as Salahudin Hassan, Abdulmalik Esmael, Bashir Ungab, Nasser Adil and Ansari Yunos.

The five clerics branded themselves as “moassesseen,” an Arabic term for “founders.”

“They are no longer with BIFF and the BIFF has nothing to do with their activities now,” BIFF spokesman Abu Misry Mama said.


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