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Military recovers 30 firearms of Maute terrorists in Marawi

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At least 30 assorted firearms believed to be from the members of the Daesh inspired Maute terror group have been recovered by combined troops under the Joint Task Group Ranao, the military said Monday.

One cal. 50 machine gun; three M60 Machine guns; 12- M14 rifles; four cal .50 sniper rifles; two AK 47 rifles; two carbine rifles; three FAL rifles; one M79 rifle; and two M16 rifle were recovered, twenty-six days after Marawi City was declared liberated from terrorists, said Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao (WestMinCom), said in a statement.

According to Petinglay, who cited a report from Brigadier General Murillo, waterborne personnel of the different units conducted search and clearing operations at the lake area fronting one of the buildings in Barangay Marinaut, which served as the last stand of the terrorists.

She said that ore search and clearing operations are underway and the recovered armaments are now in our custody while proper documentation and labelling are being undertaken by our troops.

Early Sunday morning, four scuba divers were transported from Hedaquaters of Naval Forces Western Mindanao, Zamboanga City to Marawi City to help in the clearing operations.

Army Lt. General Carlito Galvez Jr., WestMinCom chief, lauded the soldiers in Marawi for the recovery of nearly three dozens of assorted high-powered weapons.

"I would like to congratulate our soldiers in Marawi for this recent accomplishment,” Galvez said.

“May this inspire them to bolster their intelligence efforts in order to uproot and recover other armaments that could be left by the terrorists in the area.”

Galvez is confident th the likelihood that there could be more hidden armaments is very high.

JTF Ranao is also conducting sustained security operations outside the former Main Battle Area in Marawi City to pursue other allied terrorist groups particularly towards southern portion of Lanao del Sur.

"We will include these newly recovered firearms to be destroyed and demilitarized scheduled later this month," the WestMinCom chief said. "We will be working for a gun-free as well as a drug-free Marawi." Hader Glang




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