MARAWI CITY, Philippines – Soldiers of the Joint Task Force Marawi intercepted, and killed, at dawn Monday members of the Daesh-inspired Maute terror group on board two motorized pump boats as they tried to sneak into the main battle area.
A three-hour fire fight and pursuit operations immediately ensued between forces of the Joint Task Group Lawa and the fleeing terrorists, according to a report by the Western Mindanao Command.
Troops who searched the area about 5am recovered five bodies of the enemy; one M16 rifle; and one motorized pump boat.
The soldiers were also able to shoot and neutralize five more terrorists but were unable to recover the bodies. One of the pump boats was also seen sinking during the pursuit operation.
Patrolling soldiers and policemen were still looking for the dead bodies and sunken boat.
“The recent accomplishment of our ground forces only shows the successful coordination made by our troops and the local government units,” said Lieutenant General Carlito G Galvez, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“The plan of the terrorists was earlier reported to us; that is why it was easier for patrolling special forces riverine units and maritime policemen to detect and neutralize the movement.”
“Let this be a warning to those who have the intention to escape and to enter, our troops are ready for you,” added LtGen Galvez. “We will definitely get you.”