2 Maute-ISIS members yield

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TWO members of the ISISbacked Maute group surrendered to government forces in Pagayawan, Lanao del Sur, on Friday, the military said.

The two, who surrendered a KG 9 sub-machine gun and a caliber-.45 pistol, belong to the group of Owayda Benito Marohombsar alias “Abu Dar,” the current top leader of Maute- ISIS, said Capt. Clint Antipala, Army 1st Infantry Division public affairs officer.

They surrendered to members of the 55th Infantry Battalion around 9 a.m., he said.

“Based on our initial custodial debriefing, the two were tired of running and evading our troops,” Lt. Col. Ian Ignes, 55th IB commander, said of the duo’s reason for surrendering.

“Abu Dar” became top leader of Maute-ISIS after most of the group’s ranking officers, including commander Isnilon Hapilon, were killed during the seige of Marawi City.

Col. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander based in Marawi, said combat operations a g a i n s t the group’s “remnants” are being continued so they cannot hamper the city’s recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation.

The two are still undergoing debriefing, he added. — John Roson

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