By Bonita Ermac
ILIGAN CITY — Two sub-leaders of extremist and a combatant were killed, while two civilians and a soldier were killed in an encounter between troops belonging to the 49th Infantry battalion and fought terrorists from the Daulah Islamiya/ISIS Maute group in the town of Sultan Dumalondong in Lanao del Sur, around 5:20 morning of Thursday.
The encounter resulted in the killing of Daulah Islamiyah/ISIS Maute group sub-leaders identified as Mobarak Manalao, and Popular and a still unidentified cohort.
They were said to be operating under Owayda Benito Marohombsar, alias Abu Dar, a new emir of ISIS in Southeast Asia, replacing Isnilon Hapilon who was killed in the Marawi siege last year.
There were two other civilian casualties and one soldier killed-in-action.
Recovered were two (2) M16 rifles, one (1) long magazines, five (5) shorts magazines, one (1 ) Improvised Explosive Device (IED) with triggering device, seventeen (17) celfones, two (2) tablets, one (1) ICOM radio and one (1) rifle scope.
Joint Task Force Ranao deputy commander Colonel Romeo Brawner, Jr., conveyed his condolences to the berieved families of the civilians who were caught in the cross fire.
“It was very unfortunate that our citizens have to go through this incident again brought about by elements of the Maute-ISIS group,” Brawner said.
“We are assuring the people that your Philippine Army will do everything to capture or neutralize the perpetrators of the killing of innocent civilians”, he said.
“We also express our condolences to the family of our killed soldier. He is indeed a hero who has paid the ultimate sacrifice so that our brother and sister Maranaos can live in a peaceful environment”, stated Brawner.