Soldiers heavily engaged Dawlah Islamiya fighters in Lanao del Sur yesterday afternoon, March 18.
Soldiers from 55th Infantry Battalion, on clearing operations, encountered an undetermined number of Dawlah Islamiya fighters in Barangay Padas, Pagayawan at 4:51pm yesterday.
As we speak, the gunfight is ongoing.
Operating troops established blockade in the area.
“Troops are on pursuit of Dawlah Islamiya fighters weakened by the spate of armed engagements initiated by ground units in Lanao province,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, commander of Western Mindanao Command.