The military recently overrun a stronghold of the ISIS-linked Daulah Islamiyah-Maute group following a series of military offensive in barangay Ilalag, Maguing, Lanao del Sur and seized several high-powered firearms, ammunition, anti-personnel mines and IED components.
In a press release, Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr. identified the recovered weapons and ammunition as follows:
- three cal. 50 Machine Guns with Tripod
- one cal. 30 Machine Gun with Tripod
- two M60 General-Purpose Machine Guns
- twelve 5.56mm M16 rifles
- one M653 rifle
- one M4 Carbine
- one 20-inch AR-15 rifle
- five 7.62mm M14 rifle
- one 7.62mm M4 rifle
- six Rocket-Propelled Grenade Launchers
- two M203 Grenade Launchers
- six improvised 50 caliber Sniper rifles
- one Garand rifle
- one Browning Automatic rifle (BAR)
- one cal. 22 AK47
- one Shotgun
The military also seized 22 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and several anti-personnel mines and other war materials including assorted ammunition, magazines, IED components, propelled grenades, improvised rockets, a laptop, radio, cellphone, an improvised explosive mixer, ISIS flags, and propaganda materials.
According to 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, the operation began in January when enemies were monitored to have relocated from the west side to the east side of Lake Lanao involved in a number of bomb attacks in cellular sites in Lanao in the latter part of 2021 and early this year. The military received a report that the remaining members of Daulah Islamiyah-Maute Group in Lanao provinces and Daulah Islamiyah-Hassan Group from Maguindanao were reorganizing in the target area hence the conduct of close air support followed by the combat operations.
As per report, Brig. Gen. Cuerpo II stated that the terror group led by Abu Zacariah, the new emir of ISIS in Southeast Asia, was planning to create havoc during the observance of Ramadan and the upcoming National and Local Elections. The operations thwarted such terrorist plots.
with photos by AFP, WestMinCom