Philippine troops declare 8-hour cease-fire in besieged city

Geneva Matthews
June 25, 2017

He said the military's Eastern Mindanao Command, which covers the regions of Davao, Caraga, Northern Mindanao and parts of Cotabato, has conducted 13,149 checkpoint activities which resulted in the arrest of nine high-profile terror suspects, including the patriarch of the leaders of the terror group, Cayamora Maute.

Mahmud was wounded in the fighting in Marawi last month and reportedly succumbed to his injuries suffered earlier this month, General Eduardo Ano told the Associated Press.

Mahmud is said to have channelled more than 30 million pesos from the Islamic State to acquire firearms and other supplies for the attack in Marawi.

Troops are seeking the help of villagers to pinpoint where Mahmud was reportedly buried, Ano said.

Lieutenant-Colonel Jo-Ar Herrera, spokesman for Task Force Marawi, told reporters yesterday it had validated information on the death of Omarkhayam Maute, who, with his brother, Abdullah, formed the group that provided the bulk of gunmen who stormed Marawi city on Mindanao island. "Our assessment is that they will really fight to the end", Padilla said, also on DZBB.

Mahmud reportedly received training in Afghanistan and appeared in a video that showed militant leaders planning the siege in Marawi, which is thought to be a sign that he playing a significant role in the unrest.

The authorities reported that 289 terrorists, 69 government troops and 26 civilians have been killed in the conflict as Jun 23. Troops since then have killed about 280 gunmen, recovered almost 300 assault firearms and regained control of 85 buildings.

"Once done, only then can we make an official confirmation", he added. Government forces are still trying to dislodge the terrorists. "Be that as it may, if there are any complaints, our armed forces are open to receiving these complaints and acting on them immediately", said the presidential spokesperson.

Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said the Philippines accepted an offer of two AP-3C Orion aircraft to provide surveillance to local troops.

Philippine army generals say dozens of Islamic State group-linked extremists have been killed in two days of fighting in a southern city that has been under siege since one of Asia's most-wanted militants evaded capture and dozens of rebels came to his aid. The U.S. military earlier deployed a spy plane and drones over Marawi. "It's a much broader problem that needs a strategic solution".

Facing his worst crisis, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in the south to deal with the Marawi attack.

If confirmed, the report said, Mahmud's death would be a blow to efforts by IS to establish a foothold in the war-torn southern island group of Mindanao, and this region. They agreed on a plan of action to combat terrorism and rising extremism and deal with the prospects of Asian fighters returning to their region from Syria and Iraq, where the Islamic State group has been losing territory.

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