AFP: Slain Maute lead­er­s­likely among 22 re­cov­ered ca­dav­ers

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

MANILA -- The Armed Forces of the Philip pines (AFP) said it is pos­si­ble that some of the rank­ing lead­ers and com­man­ders of the Maute Group and their ter­ror­ist al­lies are among the 22 ca­dav­ers re­cov­ered in the main bat­tle area in Marawi City last Tues­day.

This is pos­si­ble as the bod­ies were re­cov­ered in two build­ings where mil­i­tary units have en­coun­tered tough re­sis­tance in the past few weeks, AFP spokesper­son, Maj. Gen. Resti­tuto Padilla said late Wed­nes­day.

"I nt er esado rin kam­ing mala­man kung may malak­ing tao dito sa mga na­matay na ito kaya't nakiusap tayo sa PNP (Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice) na madaliin ang pag-iden­tify sa mga na­matay na ito dahil maaar­ing may isa o dalawa dyan sa mga kiniki­lala nat­ing nag­ing lider ng grupong ito na ba­hagi ng ca­dav­ers (We are in­ter­ested to know if some­one big is among the dead, so we re­quested the PNP to speed up the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion process be­cause there can be one or two (Maute) lead­ers among these ca­dav­ers)," he added.

Also re­cov­ered near the bod­ies were eight high-pow­ered firearms -two rocket-pro­pelled grenade launch­ers, four M16 au­to­matic ri­fles, an M-4 as­sault ri­fle, an M14 au­to­matic ri­fles -and dozens of im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices.

Padilla added that the foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tions to be con­ducted by the po­lice will de­ter­mine whether for­eign­ers are among the ca­dav­ers re­cently re­cov­ered.

As of this post­ing, the re­main­ing Maute Group ter­ror­ists are es­ti­mated at 38 to 40, and those killed at 802.

Fight­ing in Marawi City erupted fol­low­ing an at­tempt to ar­rest Abu Sayyaf leader Is­nilon Hapi­lon and his co­horts last May 23.

Mil­i­tary and po­lice per­son­nel killed in the on­go­ing cam­paign are now placed at 160, and res­cued hostages at 1,750, while another 42 are held cap­tive by the group.

(PNA)

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