17 more hostages rescued; AFP verifying reports Isnilon, Omar killed

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 16 October) — Seventeen more hostages of the Maute Group, including a five-year old boy, were rescued early Monday, Col. Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Task Force Ranao said.

But Brawner declined to comment on reports that Maute Group leader Omar Maute and Abu Sayyaf’s Isnilon Hapilon, were killed during the rescue operations.

The war zone on Monday, 09 October 2017. The military said on Monday that there are still around 60 non-combatants in the main battle area: 31 hostages in the main battle area, along with 31 or 33 dependents of the Maute Group.  A total of 18 hostages have been rescued since Saturday, October 14. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO

A 16-year old hostage was also rescued on Saturday, bringing to 18 the total number of hostages rescued since then.

Since September 15, a total of  41 hostages have been rescued: Fr. Teresito Soganub, Vicar-General of the Prelature of Marawi, and a teacher of Dansalan College on September 15; four others on September 21; 17 on October 4; one on October 14; and 17 on October 15 or 16.  (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)