#PrayforMarawiCity: Troops vs Terrorist Groups War, without Duterte

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A clash erupted in Marawi City, as military turned in to hunt the “high-value” Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf Groups, earlier today, May 23, 2014. After the first wave of battles, around 5 security forces were wounded, as of press time. Consequently, a fire broke out at the Marawi City Jail, which resulted to freeing several inmates, an attempt to invite them to join their group. The presence of the Maute group was called on by the residents  who posted social media photos of the military warring against Maute members who were seen waving their black ISIS flags. The Marawi netizens also posted several images of fire in the city.

Upon knowing the presence of armed men in Marawi, the military launched an operation around 2PM earlier today in Barangay Basak Malutlut. The barangay is just beside the city center and Mindanao State University. According to Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera, they based their info from the locals. And, they were able to confirm the armed groups’ presence in the city.


These are the two terrorist groups that have pledged allegiance to the international terrorist group Islamic State, but only the Maute group was seen in the barangay. Marawi City is just adjacent to the known Maute Group camp in Butig, Lanao del Sur. It was last year when the Maute group also occupied the Butig Municipal Hall and raised an ISIS black flag there which took several weeks before the military was able to retake the government building. Isnilon Hapilon, Abu Sayyaf sub-leader, who is based in Basilan, has reportedly added several men to the Lanao del Sur group last 2016, to strengthen the Maute group. The Maute Group has already occupied a public hospital, the Amai Pakpak Medical Center.




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