MANILA, Philippines (Updated) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it killed 35 members of the Maute terror group during operations as of Monday afternoon, November 28, while 5 others were injured.
The military launched military offensives to force out the local terror group from Butig town in Lanao del Sur after they occupied the abandoned municipal hall last week and raised the black flag of the Islamic State (ISIS).
“The recent action of the lawless Maute Group in occupying an abandoned portion of Butig Municipality 9 o’clock in the morning of 26 November 2016 has driven the people from other areas of the town to flee their homes,” said AFP public affairs office chief Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo.
“This prompted the immediate conduct of military operations focused on dislodging the lawless group. Two soldiers were slightly wounded while 11 members of Maute Group were killed and at least 5 wounded,” Arevalo added.
The Maute group is said to have links to pro-ISIS fighters in the region.
“The AFP will continue to frustrate their sinister objectives as was manifested by the military’s forthwith and continuing action in preventing the situation from escalating or spilling to other areas,” said Arevalo.
The military used its planes on Saturday to drop bombs on areas believed to be occupied by leaders of the Maute group.
Lanao del Sur is the site of intense military operations early this year to capture major strongholds of ISIS-inspired militant groups. – Rappler.com