Headquarters Western Mindanao Command, Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City (DWDD) – 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 yesterday.
At 9 am yesterday, operating troops while clearing two bridges heading towards Bangulo area encountered an estimated 30 heavily armed terrorist. Thirteen more terrorist were killed after two hours armed confrontation with the same troops. Three high powered firearms were also recovered from the encounter site.
“As of this report, 31 terrorist were already neutralized and 6 HPFAs were recovered by the troops,” says Brigadier General Bautista.
“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,” he adds.
In another area of the city, soldiers also on clearing operations were able to rescue 16 civilians upon reaching Brgy Kilala, Marawi City.
Operating units, through the clearing operations they were conducting, afforded safe passage to the said civilians trapped in the areas where they hid during the height of Maute Group’s occupation of the area.
“The skirmishes and clearing operations today resulted to the unfortunate death of 6 soldiers and wounding of 7 others,” says Lieutenant General Carlito G Galvez, Jr, Commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“They made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that the City will be cleared from terror threat and immediately restore normalcy in this part of Mindanao.” “We once more call on the people in the community to join us fight terrorism. Provide your security forces with information that will contribute to the neutralization of these agents of deaths and destruction .” “We will exhaust all efforts to crush the remaining Maute members so that the people of Marawi City can go back to their homes the soonest,” adds Lieutenant General Galvez. JTF ZAMPELAN PIO / MCAG