Henchman of Maute founders killed in Lanao hostilities

Henchman of Maute founders killed in Lanao hostilities

May 7, 2021 1 By The Sun Monitor
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LANAO DEL SUR – Soldiers killed a henchman of the slain founders of the Maute terror group and wounded three others in an encounter in  Piagapo, Lanao del Sur Wednesday.

Brig. Gen. Jose Ma. Cuerpo, commander of the Army’s 103rd Brigade, said Thursday the slain terrorist was among more than 20 gunmen who attacked soldiers patrolling in a secluded area in Barangay Kalungan in Piagapo. The attack had sparked a two-hour gunfight.

Community elders and religious leaders in the municipality identified the slain terrorist as Sarip. He hails from Lanao del Sur’s Butig town, the hometown of the siblings Omarkhayam and Abdullah Maute.

The duo died in clashes with soldiers during the Marawi City siege from May 23 to October 16, 2017.

The Maute terror group is now most known as the Dawlah Islamiya. It operates in the fashion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Soldiers recovered in the scene of the encounter rifle magazines, ammunition and components of improvised explosive devices.

Cuerpo said the Dawlah Islamiya gunmen scampered away after they sensed of more Army reinforcements closing in.

Villagers have confirmed that the terrorists carried three wounded companions identified only as Musib, Solaiman and Sajid as they escaped.

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