IS training manuals found at militants’ camp

Roel Pareño - The Philippine Star

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The military uncovered supposed training manuals for militants under the Islamic State (IS) following a raid in a camp used by the Maute group in Butig, Lanao del Sur last month.

Lt. Gen. Mayoralgo de la Cruz, commander of Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said troops recovered several documents and booklets espousing extremism, indicating the group of the Maute brothers is trying to link up with the IS.

De la Cruz said the troops also recovered bandanas with IS inscriptions.

“What is good then we managed to address the threat immediately following that offensive operation in Butig against this group of local militants,” De la Cruz said.

More than 40 militants, including three leaders of the Maute group, were killed during the weeklong operations last month.

De la Cruz said the spate of bombings and attacks on military posts could be part of the local militants’ move to be recognized by the IS.

Meanwhile, the military is tracking down the remaining four leaders of the Maute brothers before another offensive will be launched, according to De la Cruz.

“We want to emphasize that once the security of the place, its civilian inhabitants and even the security of our personnel, will be imperiled we will apply the full force of the law and the full might of the Armed Forces and we are ready all the time,” De la Cruz warned.

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