By Ali Macabalang
ILIGAN CITY – The fighting in Marawi City on Tuesday spilled over to adjacent town of Marantao in Lanao del Sur, with alert paramilitary men and civilian residents killing at least one of intruding Islamic State-inspired militants in a firefight that started early morning, a town official said.
“We killed one ISIS fighter. Some residents saw the enemies fleeing with some bloodied comrades,” former Marantao Mayor Merikano Abinal told the Bulletin in vernacular by phone.
Abinal, now a chief of staff to his incumbent mayor-wife, said the body of the slain unidentified militant was brought to the municipal hall for proper processing and disposal.
The firefight started at 5 a.m. Tuesday between passing militants and alert teams of CAFGU elements and civilian residents at Barangay Mantapoli, Abinal said in his sketchy report.
Abinal did not give details as to how long the firefight lasted and on whether the militants were exiting or entering the war-torn city.
“Our Army and police forces backed by paramilitary men and civilian residents have been on full alert since the ISIS-inspired militants laid siege to Marawi City on May 23,” Abinal said.
Maranatao, which lies next to Marawi City, experienced explosions that destroyed some residential compounds more than a week ago.
Culprits in the explosions had remained unknown. The incident made Marantao residents more watchful against any possible entry by the militants, Abinal said.
He said Maranatao people’s readiness “paid off” in Tuesday’s armed encounter.