Updated: May 25, 2016 at 9:50pm
Elements of the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan under Brigadier General Rolly Bautista engaged in an armed confrontation with members of the local terrorist group in Marawi City earlier today.
At 9:00am today while clearing two bridges heading toward Bangulo area, operating government troops encountered an estimated 30 heavily armed terrorists.
Thirteen more terrorists were killed after a two-hour armed confrontation with the same troops. Three high-powered firearms were also recovered from the encounter site.
Soldiers continued to conduct assault and deliver artillery fire support to the enemy location, while aerial assets were also deployed to reinforce the troops.
“As of this report, 31 terrorists were already neutralized and 6 high-powered firearms were recovered by the troops,” Brig. Gen. Bautista said.
“Our troops are doing deliberate operations in areas we believe are still occupied or infested with the terrorist’s presence. I specifically ordered our soldiers to locate and destroy these terrorists as soon as possible,” Brig. Gen. Bautista added.
In another area of the city, soldiers also on clearing operations were able to rescue 16 civilians in Barangay Kilala, Marawi City. The rescued civilians were trapped and afraid to go out from where they were hiding. Soldiers escorted them to a safer area after they were rescued.
“The skirmishes and rescue operations today unfortunately resulted to the death of 6 soldiers and wounding of 7 others,” said Lieutenant General Carlito G Galvez, Jr, Commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“Our soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice in order to ensure that the City be cleared of the terror threat,” Lt. Gen. Galvez said.
“Again we are calling on the people in the community to join us in fighting terrorism by providing us with information that can help our operations in defeating them. We will exert all means possible to crush the remaining Maute members so that the people of Marawi City can go back to their homes the soonest,” Lt. Gen. Galvez said.