2 Maute Group men sur­ren­der

Tempo - - News - (Fran­cis Wake­field)

Two mem­bers of the Is­lamic State-in­spired Maute Group sur­ren­dered to the mil­i­tary in Lanao del Sur on Fri­day.

A mil­i­tary re­port dis­closed that they turned them­selves in to the Army 55th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion in Pa­gayawan at about 9 a.m.

Their iden­ti­ties were not dis­closed but they be­long to the group of Owayda Ben­ito Maro­hom­sar, alias “Abu Dar,” who be­came the leader of the Maute-ISIS rem­nants af­ter the suc­cess­ful mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion dur­ing the Marawi City siege.

“Based on our ini­tial cus­to­dial de­brief­ing, the two were tired of run­ning and evad­ing our troops,” said Lt. Col. Ian Ignes, 55th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion com­man­der.

“Our com­bat op­er­a­tion will be re­lent­less and con­tin­u­ous so as not to ham­per the re­cov­ery, re­con­struc­tion, and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Marawi,” said Col. Romeo Brawner, the newly in­stalled 103rd In­fantry Bri­gade com­man­der based in Marawi, Lanao del Sur.

The rem­nants also sur­ren­dered a cal­iber KG9 sub-ma­chine gun and one cal­iber .45 pis­tol.

Cus­to­dial de­brief­ing is still on-go­ing.

Ma­jor Gen. Roseller Murillo, 1st In­fantry Divi­sion and Joint Task Force Zam­pelan (Zam­boanga Penin­sula and Lanao prov­inces) com­man­der, com­mended the ef­forts of the troops that led to the sur­ren­der of Abu Dar’s com­rades.

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