30 high-pow­ered firearms re­cov­ered in Lake Lanao

Sun.Star Baguio - - THE NATION -

GOV­ERN­MENT forces re­cov­ered on Sun­day, at least 30 high­pow­ered firearms be­lieved to be owned by the Maute fight­ers, in Lake Lanao in Marawi City, a mil­i­tary of­fi­cial said Mon­day.

Joint Task Forces Ranao deputy com­man­der Colonel Romeo Brawner said, while con­duct­ing clear­ing op­er­a­tions in Lake Lanao par­tic­u­larly near the Ban­daringin Mosque in Barang­gay Marin­aut, one of the mem­bers of the search teams no­ticed a float­ing weapon.

He said it prompted the team to get into the wa­ter and dis­cov­ered, at the bot­tom of it, sev­eral high pow­ered firearms.

“It is be­lieved that the ter­ror­ists, dur­ing the last hours of the fire­fight, when they have smelled de­feat and when they were about to make their fi­nal es­cape, threw their weapons into the lake,” Brawner said.

He said search and clear­ing op­er­a­tions in the said area will con­tinue hop­ing that more items will be re­cov­ered.

Clear­ing op­er­a­tions in Marawi City has been on –go­ing since two weeks ago af­ter the ter­mi­na­tion of com­bat op­er­a­tions in the area fol­low­ing the killing of the two top lead­ers of the Is­lamic State (IS) in­spired Maute ter­ror group Is­nilon Hapi­lon and Omar Maute.

Hapi­lon and Maute spear­headed the ter­ror at­tack in Marawi City which lasted for five months and which re­sulted in the killing of over 900 rebels, at least a hun­dred of gov­ern­ment forces and over 40 in­no­cent civil­ians.

The war has also flat­tened the city due to the gun bat­tle and bombs thrown by each side. (SunStar Philip­pines/Third Anne Per­al­taMalonzo)

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