Final stronghold of Maute group in Lanao del Sur falls

Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 03 2016 07:24 PM

LANAO DEL SUR - The military has captured Camp Darul Iman in Butig, Lanao del Sur, which is said to be the final stronghold of the Maute terrorist group.

Camp Darul Iman used to belong to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), but it was later occupied by the Maute group after being abandoned by the MILF.

Seen inside by the military were Islamic State (ISIS) flags, banners, armbands and t-shirts, as well as MILF uniforms.

Also recovered were DVDs containing ISIS instructional videos.

READ: The ties that bind MILF and Maute group

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and man-made tunnels were also discovered. Blood was also seen in some buildings left behind in the fighting.

However, the military said that there is still no evidence showing direct ties between the ISIS and the Maute group, which has over 100 members.

According to the Armed Forces, the fall of Camp Darul Iman spells the end of operations against the terrorist group, which has been blamed for several bombings and kidnappings down south.

Last March, the Armed Forces also attacked two other camps of the Maute group in Barangays Puktan and Ragayan, also in Butig town.

READ: Postscript: Butig, Lanao del Sur after a military operation