15 Maute members surrender: military


Posted at May 24 2018 03:09 PM

The masjid Maduwah's Minarette and dome has crumbled near Lanao Lake inside the most affected area in Marawi City, Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Fifteen members of the Maute group have surrendered to authorities, the military said Thursday. 

Col. Romeo Brawner, commander of Joint Task Group Ranao, a counter-terrorism unit, confirm the surrender without giving details.

The Maute group, which pledged allegiance to Islamic State-inspired militants, led a 5-month-long siege in Marawi City last year. The fighting left over 1,000 people killed.

Earlier this month, 27 Maute extremists were presented to President Rodrigo Duterte during his visit to Marawi. 

The latest surrender brings the total number of Maute members in government custody to 42, the military said.
Report from Edwin Sevidal, ABS-CBN News