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Army pursues Maute Group, 50 members killed

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MARAWI CITY― Fifty members of the Maute Group were killed while 14 soldiers were wounded in the ongoing dislodgement operations against the terror group suspected to be behind the fatal Davao City bombing in Butig, Lanao Del Sur.


This was confirmed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo who said the operations against the bandits started Saturday when an estimated 50 to 100 terrorists occupied parts of the town early Saturday.


Arevalo said the bandits' decision to hole up in Butig is a reaction to the military's ongoing offensive against the lawless band.


As of this posting, operations are still ongoing in the area, resulting in the killing of 55 Maute Group members, confirmed by signal and intelligence sources, and another five wounded.


Government losses at the moment are placed at four soldiers wounded, Arevalo said.


"We are already conducting operations and in anticipation of our action they (Maute Group) thought Butig will be our objective, so what they did they rushed to the place and occupied and (took defensive) positions there. Because of that, we were constrained into conducting operations to dislodge them," he added.


At the moment, the bandits are holed up in the old and unoccupied Butig municipal hall.


Operations are still ongoing as this time, Arevalo stressed.


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