- Thirteen terrorists were killed in the military’s latest operation in Marawi City
- The AFP believe one of the slain gunmen was Malaysia’s most wanted terrorist Dr. Mahmud Ahmad
- The military said 7 hostages were rescued during the operations
Thirteen of the remaining terrorists still in Marawi were killed as the military continue its operations to flush them out of their hiding place in the main battle area. Malaysian Dr. Mahmud Ahmad is believed to be among those killed.
According to Inquirer, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Eduardo Año said they are still thoroughly verifying if one of the slain gunmen was Ahmad, a former Malaysian university lecturer who joined the Maute Group and believed to have funded the siege of Marawi City.
“The AFP is increasingly becoming confident that he was among those who have been killed during Wednesday’s (October 18) operations. The process to confirm this with finality, however, is still ongoing,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gen. Año said the soldiers were able to rescue 7 hostages, including a mother and her teen daughter during the latest operations against the terrorists.
“We were able to get seven more and rescued a mother and her daughter. She is about 15 or 16 years old. She has a splinter wound but out of danger,” he said; adding six soldiers were wounded during the operations.