Slain Maute members now 583: AFP

By , on August 21, 2017


FILE PHOTO/ The Armed Forces of the Philippines. (PNA photo)
FILE PHOTO/ The Armed Forces of the Philippines. (PNA photo)

MANILA — As the fighting in Marawi is now on its 91st day, military units have so far killed and neutralized 583 Maute Group terrorists in the ongoing clearing operations.

This was revealed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief, Col. Edgard Arevalo in a message Monday.

Troopers killed in the ongoing campaign was placed at 129 along with 45 civilians executed by the terrorists.

Some 640 firearms were recovered from the Maute Group while 1,728 civilians were rescued, Arevalo added.

Earlier, the AFP said that three of the ranking terrorist leaders, who plotted the attack against Marawi City, are still in the locality.

Latest monitoring indicated that Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, Omar and Abdullah Maute, the suspected leader of the Maute Group terrorists, are still inside the city.

Fighting in Marawi City broke out when government troops tried to arrest Hapilon and his cohorts last May 23. (PNA)