Saturday, January 16, 2016

2 alleged IS supporters, 2 civilians killed in Lanao clashes

From GMA News (Jan 16): 2 alleged IS supporters, 2 civilians killed in Lanao clashes

Two suspected Islamic State (IS) supporters and two civilians were killed in armed clashes in Lanao del Sur on Friday.

Col. Roseller Murillo, commander of the Marawi City-based 103rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, identified the two slain civilians as Alexander Sultan and Aiman Sultan.

Murillo said residents saw armed men wearing black jackets and head bands with ISIS flags roaming around Barangay Gata in Buadipuso Buntong town at around 6 a.m.

The residents reported the armed men's presence to a local leader identified as Panundi Sultan.

Armed members of the Sultan family and other residents were checking the report when they were fired upon by the suspected IS supporters. Murillo said one of the alleged IS supporters was killed in the clash with the Sultan clan.

Another member of the group was killed in a separate clash with government troops in Barangay Lilod, Maguing town at around 11:20 a.m.

 Both slain gunmen have yet to be identified. Murillo said local security forces around the province have been alerted against the armed group.

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