Hapilon aide, Maute straggler killed in Marawi battle area » Manila Bulletin News

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By Aaron Recuenco 

Army troopers killed on Wednesday night two Maute stragglers nine days after the government declared an end in the fighting in Marawi City after five months of gunbattle.

Police sources said one of the two slain Maute stragglers was identified as Abu Talja, reportedly the righthand man of Isnilon Hapilon who was among those who led the Marawi siege on May 23.

A thick smoke rises from the main battle area in Marawi City following an airstrike.
(Keith Bacongco / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Hapilon, the designated emir of the Southeast Asia caliphate being established by the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), was killed along with one of the Maute leaders.

The clash erupted at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday after soldiers spotted the two inside the main battle area of Marawi City.

“Both stragglers died while two soldiers were wounded in action,” the source said.

The cadavers of the two were immediately turned over to the Philippine National Police for processing before the burial based on Islam rites.

Security official said the arrest of an Indonesian fighter and the death of two more local Maute gunmen significantly reduced the fighting capability of the remaining gunmen who attacked Marawi City.

While most of the soldiers and policemen already left Marawi City, a number of soldiers remain in the city to run after Maute stragglers.

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