• Fighting erupted between government troops and remnants of the Maute Group in Lanao del Sur
• Six soldiers were wounded in the encounter
• The encounter with the Maute group was the first since the declaration of Marawi City’s liberation from terrorists in October 2017
Fighting erupted between government forces and remnants of the ISIS-inspired Maute Group in a town in Lanao del Sur early Saturday morning, January 20.
As per a Rappler story, the encounter was the first since Marawi City was declared liberated from terrorist influence in October last year.
The fighting reportedly erupted at about 2 a.m. in Barangay Kalilangan, Masiu, Lanao del Sur as the military continue to hunt remnants of the terrorist group that laid siege to Marawi City, according to Colonel Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Joint Task Force Ranao.
Six soldiers were wounded during the encounter that lasted for 35 minutes. The armed terrorists retreated and tried to escape via Lake Lanao, but soldiers were able to sink the terrorists’ two boats.
“They attempted to escape via the lake but the troops were able to sink their two boats,” Major Ronald Suscano said; adding that there were 10 people in the boats.
The military recovered a black ISIS flag, M203 grenade launcher, two rocket-propelled grenades, assorted ammunition, a hand grenade, and several pieces of drug paraphernalia.