Daulah Islamiyah member killed in Maguindanao clash

A member of Daulah Islamiyah-Tureife Group (DI-TG) was killed in an encounter with soldiers at Sitio Ulangkaya, Barangay Ganta, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao on Wednesday, December 1.

The soldiers and intelligence operatives under the Joint Task Force Central were on operation when they encountered the members of the said terrorist group in the area.

Authorities identified the slain Daulah Islamiyah member as alias Adsam, the son of Hassan Indal, alias Katrina.

In a statement, Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario Jr., commander of Western Mindanao Command, said that the troopers, upon their arrival in Sitio Ulangkaya were fired upon by the DI-TG members by Indal.

“Our troops retaliated, resulting in an exchange of gunfire which lasted for about five minutes,” Rosario said.

Upon scouring the area, the troops recovered a 5.56mm rifle, one bandoleer, 189 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition, four short and three long magazines for M16, two cellphones, and one suppressor.

Rosario reiterated that the military will not stop until all terrorists in Mindanao are neutralized.

“Our soldiers are out there hunting for those who refuse to return to the fold of the law and continue to wreak havoc in the communities, hence, I enjoin everyone to continuously support our troops in this fight to eliminate the terror groups in the Mindanao region,” Rosario said.

Major General Juvymax Uy, commander of Joint Task Force Central, commended the troops involved in the operation.

“We expect that more enemies were injured due to the bloodstains in trails when they scampered from the area,” Uy said. (NW)