CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – “ang purpose ng tropa natin is to rescue the hostages, kasi naipon na natin sila sa isang block lang, dalawang building yung kinalalagyan so yung mga hostages ang inirerescue then nagkaroon ng bakbakan dun.”
This was part of the statement made by Gen Eduardo Ano, Chef of Staff, AFP, on describing the events unfolding that led to the death of Daesh-Maute leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.
According to Gen Ano, they so far recovered seven (terrorist) cadavers including that of Isnilon and Omar and they are still clearing the remaining structures in the main battle area for remaining / wounded Maute stragglers or supporters..
He described the dawn operation, that started around 2 am and ended after 6 AM, as very intense since the fighting has been limited to close-quarters combat and they are not yet declaring the conclusion of the siege until they have made sure that there are no more terrorist presence and are clearing the area of IEDs/booby traps and unexploded ordnance.
The last count was there is 40 remaining terrorist and the death of Omar and Isnilon would start the crumbling of forces of the Daesh-Maute since the two were the Center of Gravity. AES/ALS