ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 17 February) – A soldier was killed while five others were wounded in a clash with the Dawlah Islamiya, or the remnants of the Maute Group, on Saturday in the hinterlands bordering the towns of Balindong and Piagapo, Lanao del Sur, belated reports reaching here Monday said.
Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade commander, said the troops clashed with about 20 Dawlah Islamiya members, who “also suffered casualties based on the bloodstains found in their escape route.”
He assured the troops will continue to go after and defeat the terrorists in Lanao province.
Cuerpo claimed that soldiers “have taken over the security positions and captured some camps of the Dawlah Islamiya in the area.”
Brigadier General Gene Ponio, 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division commander, pinned the wounded personnel medals to the injured troops and assured them “of the best medical treatment for their speedy recovery.”
Ponio extended the military’s sympathies to the bereaved family and friends of the slain soldier from the 55th Infantry Battalion (IB), whose name was withheld.
The wounded soldiers include four from the 82nd IB and one from the 55th IB.
Additional troops were sent to pursue the fleeing terrorists as well as to ensure the safety and security of the local populace, Ponio said.