ELEVEN members of Maute Group were killed while five others were wounded in a pursuit operation conducted by government forces as the group occupied an abandoned portion of Butig municipality Saturday morning.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office (PAO) chief Marine Col. Edgard Arevalo said the Maute Group, who were also behind the deadly Davao blast, occupied the abandoned Butig municipality at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
The incident has driven the people from other areas of the town to flee their homes.
“The recent action of the lawless Maute Group in occupying an abandoned portion of Butig municipality 9 o’clock in the morning of November, 26, 2016 has driven the people from other areas of the town to flee their homes,” Arevalo said.
In response to the atrocity conducted by the Maute Group, government forces immediately conducted military operations that focused on dislodging the lawless group.
The operation resulted in the killing of 11 members of Maute Group and wounded of five others.
Earlier, AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said two soldiers were slightly wounded in the operation that was also confirmed by Arevalo.
“Two soldiers were slightly wounded while 11 members of Maute Group were killed and at least 5 wounded,” the official said.
On the report that the group raised ISIS flag, Arevalo said it is expected for the group since they have long been professing allegiance to the foreign terror group.