By Francis Wakefield
At least 10 members of the Islamic State-inspired Maute terror group were killed while attempting to enter the main battle area in Marawi City through Lanao Lake.
Reports coming from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Joint Task Force Marawi disclosed that soldiers of the Task Group Musang were able to intercept 10 members of the terror group while on board two motorized pump boats who attempted to sneak into the main battle area at 2:30 a.m. today.
A three-hour firefight and pursuit operations immediately ensued between forces of the Joint Task Group Lawa and the fleeing terrorists.
At about 5 a.m. Monday, troops while searching the area were able to recover five dead bodies of the enemy, an M16 rifle and a motorized pump boat.
Troops were also able to shoot and neutralize five more terrorists but unfortunately they were not able to recover the dead bodies. One of the pump boats was also seen sinking during the pursuit operation.
As of this posting, patrolling soldiers and policemen are still looking for the dead bodies and the sunken boat.
“The recent accomplishment of our ground forces only shows the successful coordination made by our troops and the local government units,” said Lt. Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr., commander of the AFP Western Mindanao Command.
“The plan of the terrorists was earlier reported to us that is why it was easier for patrolling special forces riverine units and maritime policemen to detect and neutralize the movement.”
“Let this be a warning to those who have the intention to escape and to enter, our troops are ready for you. We will definitely get you,” he added.
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