IS-linked straggler killed in Marawi


Posted at Oct 31 2017 12:35 PM | Updated as of Oct 31 2017 07:00 PM

The city center of Marawi, the main battle area during the five-month conflict between government troops and ISIS-inspired extremists, lies in ruins viewed from Lake Lanao. The war ended on October 23 after Defense Secretary Lorenzana announced the last of the terrorists were neutralized in a final battle. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

MANILA - (UPDATED) State troops neutralized an Islamic State-linked straggler in Marawi early Tuesday, a week after the government ended the 5-month terror rampage there, the military said.

The male straggler was killed in a gun battle after after he attempted to escape from the main battle area around 6 a.m., Col. Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Task Force Ranao, told ABS-CBN News.

No soldier was wounded in the incident, said Brawner.
The government declared an end to the hostilities in Marawi last October 23, when leaders of the Islamic State-linked fighters were killed in a fierce final stand.

The fighting has taken a heavy toll, reducing buildings to skeletons of mangled steel and rubble, and killing more than 1,100 people, mostly extremists.

Some 6,500 families are due to return this week in a phased repatriation, a fraction of the 77,000 that fled to evacuation camps or nearby towns. Many face a lengthy wait for vast swathes of Marawi to be rebuilt.

The military warned residents to be on the lookout for remaining extremists.

With Reuters and Kori Quintos, ABS-CBN News