Army neutralize 2 local terrorists, seize war materials in South Cotabato clash

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Two members of the Daulah Islamiyah were killed in an armed conflict with forces from the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion in Barangay Lapu, Polomolok, South Cotabato on Monday, January 31, 2022.

“Based on the report from the ground, troops were conducting clearing operations when they chanced upon heavily armed men believed to be members of the Daulah Islamiyah-Maguid Group (DI-MG) under Zaiden Jade Nilong, a.k.a. Aliboy. A gunfight ensued which lasted for about five minutes. This resulted in the deaths of two enemies and recovery of several war materials. The enemies then withdrew bringing along other casualties with them,” Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr. said.

The two were identified as Zypol Nilong and Salahuddin Usman, active members of the DI-Maguid Group under Nilong, according to Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, Commander of Joint Task Force Central. Troops are still scouring the area and chasing down the fleeing enemies.

The 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Pedro Balisi, Jr., praised the troops of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion, led by Lt. Col. Raymond Rapi, for effectively foiling the group’s terror preparations. He also stated that the Daulah Islamiyah’s manpower and capabilities are diminishing.

“The Daulah Islamiyah is nearing to its end,” the Brigade Commander added.

Additionally, forces discovered two M16 rifles, 90 rounds of 5.56mm ball ammunition, one rifle grenade, IED components, communication devices, food, cooking utensils, and personal belongings when clearing the encounter site.

“As much as possible, we don’t want to take away the lives of these people for they have families too. That is why we continuously urge them to come out and we will help them start a new life with their loved ones,” said Maj. Gen. Uy.

The bodies of the two slain foes were returned to the Lapu barangay officials for proper burial, while the recovered war materials were handed over to the 3rd Scout Ranger Company for safekeeping.

“The Western Mindanao Command, through all the Joint Task Forces, continues to intensify its military operations to preempt the menaces of society from creating havoc in the communities. Rest assured that we will never falter,” Lt. Gen. Rosario, Jr. stated.

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