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Maute sub-leader killed in Marawi City

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A sub-leader of the Islamic State-linked Maute group was killed while at least nine more persons, including policemen and a soldier, were injured when government forces raided his hideout in Marawi City early Monday, the military reported.

Killed was Usop Nasif alias “Abu Asraf,” next in line to current Dawlah Islamiya-Maute leader “Abu Zacaria,” according to a report from the Army’s 1st Infantry Division.

Injured were seven policemen, an Army soldier, and Nasif’s wife.

Police and soldiers were trying to arrest Nasif at his hideout in Barangay Guimba around 3:45 a.m., when his group engaged them in a 30-minute firefight, the report said.

Brig. Gen. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, Army 103rd Brigade commander, said Nasif was the primary suspect in the killing of three PNP and three Army personnel early this year.

Nasif had also been implicated in killing civilians who failed to give in to his group’s extortion, he said.

Residents earlier tipped authorities on Nasif’s hideout, “fearing that he will put to danger their lives and properties,” said Cuerpo.

Nasif and his wife were brought to the Amai Pakpak Medical Center, but doctors declared him dead.

Capt. Clint Antipala, Army 1st ID public affairs officer, said by phone that Nasif’s cohorts apparently took their sub-leader’s firearm when they withdrew.

Troops are still pursuing Nasif’s cohorts, Cuerpo said, while appealing to residents to report the group’s presence.

 

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