COTABATO CITY: Two members of Daulah Islamiyah-Maute Group were killed as good forces continue to conduct military operations in Lanao del Sur by troops of the 51st Infantry Battalion.
The military encounter with Daulah Islamiyah-Maute Group members happened at Sitio Kangkong, Barangay Palacat, Piagapo, Lanao del Sur, where a short firefight ensued which lasted for three minutes.
According to WestMinCom Commander, Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario. Jr., the gunfight resulted in the deaths of two DI-Maute Group members identified as Arafat Amino, a.k.a. Salama, and a certain a.k.a. Gazali. Recovered in the encounter site were an M16 rifle and a cal. 45 pistol.
Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, commander of Joint Task Force ZamPeLan said the two are responsible for the shooting incidents victimizing innocent civilians including laborers of government developmental projects in Piagapo. They were on their way to a construction site of a government project when they were intercepted by the army troops thus the encounter and their neutralization.
Meanwhile, during the conduct of pursuit operation to neutralize the remaining local terrorists in the area, operating troops of the 51IB together with personnel from Piagapo Municipal Police Station apprehended two members of the Daulah Islamiyah-Maute Group in Barangay Talao, same municipality on February 5.
Apprehended personalities were identified as Tañan Datu Dansal and Kassan Madatul. Recovered in their possession were two anti-personnel mines’ main charge, two improvised blasting caps, one cal. 45 pistol, propaganda materials, and personal belongings.
The two were turned over to Piagapo MPS for filing of appropriate charges.
“The Western Mindanao Command, through all of its Joint Task Forces, will not stop until Mindanao is freed from adversities,” Lt. Gen. Rosario, Jr. stressed.
JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL