An Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) official on Tuesday condemned the attack in Marawi City of an armed group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS).
In a statement, ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman condemned the "acts of terror" committed by the Maute Group in Marawi City.
“Words might seem useless right now, as no words can express what we feel as we share in the fear and anger of our people. We strongly condemn these acts of terror committed against the people of Marawi City and swear to take immediate action as necessary,” he said.
“Any group who sows terror and then dares to say that they do it in the name of Islam should be ashamed. Any man who claims to fight for a just cause, yet dares to incite violence a few days before the Holy Month of Ramadhan is a monster whose words belie his actions,” he added.
Hataman said ARMM will stand in solidarity with Marawi City.
“Marawi City is known as the Philippines' Islamic City, but it is home to people of different histories, different beliefs,” he said.
“That these acts of terror are happening in a diverse community bound by mutual respect and a shared commitment to peace is a travesty.”
Earlier today, government troops clashed with members of the Maute Group in Brgy. Malutlut, Marawi City.
Eight government forces have been injured in the firefight, as of posting.