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10 Maute terrorists sneaking into Marawi City killed

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Government troops have killed 10 Daesh-linked terrorists who tried to sneak into Marawi City before dawn Monday, according to the military.

In a statement,  Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr., Western Mindanao Command chief, said soldiers intercepted ten Maute militants on board two motorized pump boats around 2:30 a.m. on Monday.

He said the plan of the terrorists was earlier reported to the military thus, it was easier for patrolling special forces riverine units and maritime policemen to detect and neutralize their movement.

A 3-hour firefight and pursuit operations ensued between forces of the Joint Task Group Lawa and the fleeing terrorists Troops recovered five dead bodies of the Maute members, one M16 rifle. and one motorized pump boat.

Five more terrorists had been killed but the bodies were not recovered and that one of the pump boats was also seen sunk during the pursuit operation, said Galvez.

“The recent accomplishment of our ground forces only shows the successful coordination made by our troops and the local government units,” he said.

“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.

President Duterte has declared martial law in Mindanao last May 23 to supposedly suppress a rebellion by the Maute group seeking to establish an independent state in the southern Philippines withAbu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, the purported emir of Daesh international terror group for Southeast Asia.

The military believes the end is near for the clashes in Marawi City and expressed hope, Monday, that victory will be in a few days.

The fighting is contained within a 500 square meters grid with the remaining 50-60 militants intensively putting up their last stand.

As of August 27, Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, Joint Task Fordr Maraei, said they have recorded 603 enemy killed and 665 firearms recovered from the terrorist.

“There is no change in the number of civilians killed which remained at 45 and number of civilians rescued at 1,728,” she said.

For the government casualties, the military have incurred 130 killed in action soldiers since the first day.

“No soldier was killed yesterday (Friday),” Petinglay said in a statement. “Also, about 1,270 Improvised Explosive Devices and Unexploded Ordnance were recovered in the different structures in the Main Battle Area. Yesterday alone, 32 IEDs and UXOs were recovered.” Hader Glang




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