Military offensives ensued, scoring two enemy deaths and seizure of rifles and grenades of Dawlah Islamiya-Ranao (Maute group remnants) led by Abu Dar in Lanao del Sur on March 14.
Soldiers of 49th Infantry Battalion heavily engaged 10 Dawlah Islamiya fighters while scouring Barangay Dinaigan, Tubaran at 5:04pm yesterday.
The gunfight ensued for an hour and 30 minutes, resulting in deaths of two terrorists, whose remains were retrieved from the encounter site by the engaged troops.
Troops facilitated the processing and identification of the enemy cadavers that were subsequently brought to the 49IB’s tactical command post for proper disposition.
Soldiers further seized two Caliber 5.56 rifles with an M203 Grenade Launcher, a Caliber .45 pistol, hand and rifle grenades, pieces of ammunition, and a bandolier.
On March 11, Abu Tahir and Abu Jihad died in the combat operations of 55th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Calaludan, Pagayawan, Lanao del Sur.
Troops of 55IB also seized a carbine rifle of engaged Dawlah Islamiya fighters on Monday.
“We are advancing upon the enemy target with deliberate offensives, hitting and inflicting heavy casualties on Dawlah Islamiya fighters,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, commander of Western Mindanao Command.
Meanwhile, three soldiers died while three more are missing in action in yesterday’s gunfight.
Troops transported the remains of slain soldiers to Iligan City for proper disposition.
“We console with the families of our departed comrades, who fought valiantly and paid the ultimate sacrifice. We lost not only brave warriors but comrades who served the nation with such devotion,” added Lieutenant General Dela Vega.
“We are more motivated to continue the fight against spoilers of peace and progress in Mindanao,” he said.