Members of the Khilafah Islamiyah Movement and its shadowy group Ghuraba (strangers) train their fighters in Lanao del Sur province in the Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao in this screen shot from the propaganda video of Islamic State in the Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)
The Islamic State in
“Fighters from Islamic State stormed a prison in
Saturday, south of the country, and were able to free 30 prisoners and seizing
weapons,” Amaq news agency reported. Philippines
It added that “30 fighters carried out the attack and were able to release 30 detainees, including fighters from the Islamic State and their wives. The fighters of the attack and all the detainees, who were freed, arrived to safe places without injuries.”
On August 27, suspected members of the Khilafah Islamiyah Movement (KIM), joined by Butig-based jihadists in Lanao del Sur, stormed the prison and authorities said the escapees included 8 detained jihadists.
All escaped jihadists have been identified by authorities as Hashim Balawag Maute, Abdul Jabbar Tominaman Macabading, Jamil Batoa Amerul, Muhammad Sianodin Mulok and Omar Khalil; and Hafidah Romato Maute, Norhanna Balawag Maute, who are sisters of the Maute group leaders Abdullah and Omar Maute; and Nasifa Pundug believed to be wife of a senior KIM member. They are all members of the Islamic State Ranao.
Security forces arrested the jihadists on August 22 after stopping their van at a road block in Lumbayanague town near the town of
while attempting to
transport improvised explosives and weapons. They also admitted during
interrogation that they were on a mission to bomb civilian targets in the
cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. Butig
Both KIM and Maute group pledged allegiance to the