A total of six (6) Dawlah Islamiyah-Lanao Group fighters were killed in recent encounters with the government troops in Lanao del Sur.
In a firefight with the Army’s 49th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Dinaigan, Tubaran, Lanao del Sur at 5:00 pm yesterday (March 14, 2019), four DI-Lanao Group terrorists were killed.
“According to our 3 informants, one of the slain terrorists was Abu Dar. We already requested the higher headquarters for the DNA test to confirm his neutralization,” said Colonel Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander.
Abu Dar emerged as the new Dawlah Islamiyah-Lanao group commander after the Marawi siege and neutralization of Maute Brothers and Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon.
“During the encounter, Abu Dar was with about twenty (20) of his comrades and we were also able to neutralize three of his cohorts,” said Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion Commander.
While scouring the encounter site, troops recovered one M-16 rifle, one M653 (baby armalite), one caliber .45 handgun, two grenades, magazines and ammunitions.
Meanwhile, two more DI-Lanao Group members were killed in a clash between the 55th Infantry Battalion and the group of Abu Dar on Monday (March 11, 2019) in Barangay Calaludan, Pagayawan, Lanao del Sur.
The two were identified as a.k.a Abu Tahir and Abu Jihad.
In the said skirmishes, the government forces incurred 9 casualties; 6 valiant soldiers were killed and 3 were wounded.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the bereaved families and friends of our soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our people against the terrorist group and we salute their gallantry and bravery. We also ensure that our wounded personnel will get the best medical care for their fast recovery,” said WestMinCom chief, Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega.
Additional troops were deployed to pursue the fleeing terrorists and to ensure the safety and security of the local populace in the area.
“We also ask for prayers from all peace-loving people of the country for the eternal repose of our heroes and for our wounded soldiers. Your prayers are the most powerful tool for them and for the safety of all those who are still pursuing the enemies,” added LtGen Dela Vega.
“We will not stop until we neutralize the remaining terrorists and we dedicate this fight to our fallen comrades. Our soldiers are out there hunting for them ready to fight and die to attain peace in our communities,” he concluded.