Operating troops of the 5th Infantry Battalion (5IB), 1st Infantry Division neutralized five Local Terrorist Group (LTG) members following a four-hour encounter against 40 members of ISIS-inspired Dawlah Islamiya Maute Group in the hinterlands of Barangay Ragayan, Butig, Lanao Del Sur on April 27, 2022.
5IB troops engaged local terrorist group members, with supporting artillery fire from the 1st Field Artillery and close air support from two AW109 attack choppers of the Philippine Air Force’s Tactical Operations Group. The encounter also resulted in the capture of four high-powered firearms, a rocket-propelled grenade, numerous rounds of ammunition, one improvised land mine and other war materiel.
Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner, Jr., lauded 5IB troops for the neutralization of the 5 CTG members and the massive arms haul that will curtail the local terrorists’ capability to terrorize communities and spoil the safe and peaceful conduct of the coming polls. — PA