ILIGAN CITY -- A local terrorist fighter, who became the group's guide in several encounters in Lanao del Sur and Marawi City before the siege, surrendered to the military, around 2pm on Monday, October 21, in Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur.
LtCol. Rafman Altre, commander of the Army's 82nd Infantry Battalion, identified the surrenderee as Aminudin Datu, also known in his aliases as Abu Jannah and Abu Nasraula.
Datu, who yielded his Browning automatic rifle, caliber 45 handgun, magazines and ammunitions, is known to have acted as one of the guides of the Dawlah Islamiya Lanao group, during the encounter in Piagapo town in April 2017, a month before the Marawi siege.
He also served as point person of the terrorists in several atrocities they did in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur according to Altre.
Around 5pm on Sunday (October 20), a certain Satar Emmandatu, an also known member of the armed group, surrendered to the 55IB his high-powered firearms he use when he was indiscriminately firing last October 16 in Barangay Ngingir, in Calanogas town.
At 7:00pm of same day, a M653 and M16A1 rifles, magazines and ammunitions were surrendered to the 82IB by an unnamed surrenderee.
Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, commander of 103rd Infantry Brigade, who has operational command of the battalions in Lanao del Sur said that the developments are attributed to the "peace-loving local chief executives, constituents and stakeholders of Lanao del Sur”.
“We will continuously collaborate with them to encourage other local terrorist to surrender and yield their loose firearms to attain a just and lasting peace to their communities”, said Cuerpo in a statement to the media on Tuesday.
For his part, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded the troops and the local chief executives for the successful surrender of local terrorist and yield of loose firearms.
“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, in collaboration with the LGUs and other stakeholders, remains steadfast in our campaign against local terrorist and will continue to seize loose firearms in our area of operation,” said Ancan.
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