LANAO DEL SUR – The ISIS-linked Dawlah Islamiyah’s planned offensive in Lanao Sur was thwarted anew by the Armed Forces of the Philippines – Western Mindanao Command, the military reported Wednesday.
This, after a successful military offensive against the bandits in Barangay Ilalag, Maguing, this province last March 1, 2022.
According to military reports, the terror group was led by Abu Zacariah, the so-called new emir of ISIS in Southeast Asia. He was reportedly planning to conduct offensives against government forces during the upcoming Ramadan when monitored by the intel sources of the military in Western Mindanao.
During the skirmishes in barangay Ilalag, Maguing town, this province, the military reported three casualties after they have successfully overrun the rebel’s camp and seized hundreds of war materials including armalites, machine guns and anti-tanks.
AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Andres Centino had earlier said that “the AFP will step-up its security operations nationwide to ensure that the Filipino people will be able to exercise their right to vote in the coming national and local election free from intimidation from threat groups.” – (Joel Escol/MDNN)