A security operations was launched by the Joint Task Group Haribon of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, against the Dawlah Islamiya-Maute Group (DI-MG) Tuesday, March 1, in Brgy. Ilalag, Maguing, Lanao del Sur.
The Army troops encountered more or less 60 armed DI-MG members at 7:50 a.m., following the airstrike operations conducted at 2 a.m. at the identified lair of the terrorists led by Abu Zacharia and DI-Hassan Group Maguindanao. The two groups reportedly joined in the area for training and planning sabotage operations.
After a long day heavy gunfight, seven terrorists were neutralized; recovered one .30 caliber machine gun; two .50 caliber machine gun; one AK47; one 5.56mm M16 rifle; one 7.62mm M14 rifle; one Garand rifle; three rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs); 22 improvised explosive devices (IEDs); 100 rounds of caliber .50 ammunition; one link for caliber .30; 150 rounds 7.62mm cartridge; 50 rounds of caliber .40 ammunition; one caliber .40 magazine; four M14 magazines; several anti-personnel mines and other components; and enemy war materiel and documents and personal belongings.
An Army troop was also killed in the gunfight, and four were wounded in action sustaining minor injuries. The injured personnel were immediately extricated from the encounter site and are now recuperating in the Brigade Medical Facility.
Ground troops are now conducting clearing and pursuit operations to terrorists on the run.
According to Brig. Gen. Jose Maria Cuerpo, the 103rd Infantry Brigade commander and the concurrent commander of Joint Task Group Haribon, they have been tracking the terrorist group since January.
Faharudin Hadji Satar a.k.a. Zakaria/Abu Zacariah/Omar/Jer Mimbantas is the top leader of the Daulah Islamiyah operating in Lanao del Sur. He was involved in several encounters against the government forces in the municipalities of Sultan Dumalondong, Pagayawan, Madalum, Piagapo, and Balindong, all of Lanao del Sur. @Zakaria has a standing warrant of arrest for kidnapping, serious illegal detention, murder, frustrated murder and actively operates in the tri-boundaries of Piagapo, Madalum, and Balindong.
Maj. Gen. Gene Ponio, the commander of the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan, assures the public that the Philippine Army and other security forces on the ground will work together to defeat the terror groups and end the insurgency in the region and the whole of Mindanao.