Jun 23, 2017

BREAKING NEWS! Maute Leader Omar Maute And Malaysian Terrorist Financer Confirmed Dead Said Joint TF Marawi!


Malaysian terrorist Mahmud bin Ahmad also one who help lead and financed the Maute group on the Marawi sieged in Mindanao is believed to have died during the month of intense fighting said military chief Gen. Eduardo Año.

According to the AFP chief in a telephone interview, Malaysian Mahmud bin Ahmad was wounded during the clash between the soldiers and the Maute group in Marawi last month and reportedly died from his injuries on June 7.

He said the military has a general idea of where the terrorist was buried and troops are trying to locate the exact spot with the help of civilians to recover the remains and validate the intelligence that was received.

Omarkhayam Maute one of the leaders of the Maute terrorist, also is believed to have been killed in the early days of intense fighting, Año said.

With the intelligence shared by foreign counterparts, Año said Mahmud was suspected of channeling more than P30 million ($600,000) from the Islamic State group to acquire firearms, food and other supplies for the attack.

A former Malaysian university professor who later turned into a jihadi and received training in Afghanistan, Mahmud appeared in a video showing terrorist leaders planning the Marawi siege in a hideout, a sign of his key role in the uprising.

The AP obtained a copy of the video, which was seized by Filipino troops in a bandit hideout on May 23.

Malaysian security officials have also received information of Mahmud's killing in Marawi and were trying to confirm it.

Two other leaders of the uprising, top Filipino terror suspect Isnilon Hapilon and Maute's brother, Abdullah, were still with other gunmen fighting in Marawi, Ano said.

A month ago, about 500 local terrorists, along with several foreign fighters, stormed into Marawi, a bastion of Islamic faith in Mindanao.

Troops since then have killed about 280 gunmen, recovered nearly 300 assault firearms and regained control of 85 buildings.

Many of the high rises were used as sniper posts to slow down the advance of government forces, the military said.

At least 69 soldiers and policemen and 26 civilians have also perished in the fighting.

Of the 19 of 96 villages across the lakeside city of 200,000 people that the black flag-waving bandits occupied, only four villages remain under their control, Ano said.

"They are constricted in a very small area. They're pinned down," Ano said.

He also said three boatloads of gunmen, who tried to join the bandits, were blasted by navy gunboats three days ago in Lanao Lake, which borders Marawi.
The gunmen may have either been bandits repositioning from nearby areas or rebel reinforcements from elsewhere, he said.

Still, the audacious uprising by the heavily-armed terrorists and their ability to hold on to large sections of a city for weeks had surprised the government and the military and sparked fears among Southeast Asian governments that the Islamic State group was seriously moving to gain a foothold in their region.

Australia said Friday the Philippines had accepted an offer of assistance.

Defense Minister Marise Payne said Australia would deploy two AP-3C Orion aircraft to provide surveillance support to the Philippine military.

Philippine Foreign Minister Alan Peter Cayetano and his Malaysian and Indonesian counterparts met in a daylong closed-door meeting with top security officials in Manila on Thursday, June 22, to discuss the Marawi crisis.

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 IS group has been losing territory in a yearslong conflict.

Ano said that the battle in Marawi was taking longer than usual because the bandits were using civilians as human shields and had no qualms destroying an entire city and killing anyone on their path.

"We can just bomb them away or use napalm bomb to burn everything, but then, we will not be any different from them if we do that," he said.
Source: Sunstar, Youtube



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