The variety of Maute Group members left in Marawi City is all the way down to about 30 to 40 as authorities forces proceed to trace them down relentlessly, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana stated Monday.
“They (Maute Group terrorists) are just a handful; I think they are down to only 30 to 40 fighters but don’t discount them as these are good fighters and we are still taking casualties. In fact, we had one killed and nine wounded some three days ago and yesterday (Sunday)… Clearing operations are still ongoing,” he added in Filipino.
Lorenzana careworn that ongoing operations, the so-called house-to-house and room-to-room fighting, could be very tough and harmful.
Troops are doing these duties very fastidiously in order to keep away from the Maute Group’s apply of utilizing hostages as shields to keep away from inflicting pointless casualties to civilians.
As of this posting, the variety of Maute Group terrorists killed was positioned at 491, with 114 authorities troops slain and 45 civilians executed.
Also recovered have been 584 high-powered weapons whereas some 1,723 civilians have been rescued.
Fighting in the world has been raging since May 23, when authorities forces made a botched try to arrest Abu Sayyaf chief and ISIS “emir” Isnilon Hapilon.