2 Members of the Islamic State (SIS)-linked Maute Group and two soldiers were slain in an encounter in Pagawayan, Lanao del Sur, on Monday, March 11.
55th Infantry Battalion troops fought with more than 20 members of the ISIS-Maute group Dawlah Islamiyah Ranao under the command of Owayda Benito Marohomsar alias Abu Dar, stated Colonel Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander.
The Dawlah Islamiyah Ranao is a leftover of the Maute-Abu Sayaff Group that led the siege of Marawi City in May 2017.
“We received information from the local populace on the presence of DI-Lanao group in the area and we responded to their call,” stated Brawner. “We are sustaining our focused military operation in order to destroy the remnants of this group and make the province free from terrorist.”
The slain terrorists were recognized only through their aliases – Abu Tahir and Abu Jihad.
The fallen soldiers’ identities were not yet released as their families had yet to be informed about the incident. A combatant was also injured in the clash.
Supplementary troops had been positioned to the area to chase the fleeing terrorists, the military concluded.