From Update Philippines (Oct 17): Boom Kunana: The death story of Hapilon, Maute
8th Scout Ranger Company “Destruere Hostis Deus” Latin for “Destroy the enemy of God” of First Scout Ranger Regiment commonly known as Scout Rangers of Philippine Army Special Operations Command was among the units responsible for the death of Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute before dawn of October 16.
Destroyer, the commander of 8th Scout Ranger Company told the story on how they neutralized the two top terrorist leaders through Scout Ranger Books Facebook page.
According to Destroyer his company and other support units have already cordoned the area of a group of terrorists not knowing Hapilon and Maute are part of the group.
“Alas siyete ng gabi, nag deploy ng 1 team ng Scout Rangers sa dulo ng kalsada, sa may likod ng block. Kasama nila ang isang armored vehicle na may thermal capability,” said in the narration.
Another team with same composition was deployed on the other end of the road.
“Alam nila na mag attempt tatakas ang mga terorista kaya nag abang ng nag abang ang mga Rangers,” Destroyer said.
At 1:30, one terrorist crossed. “E alerto ang Ranger, boom kunana. Tumba ang isang terorista,” he added. Not yet knowing it was Maute.
“E may pasilip silip pa din, akmang tatawid. Boom kunana, galing naman sa secondary weapon ng armored vehicle,” he said. Not yet knowing it was Hapilon.
According to the narration, several terrorists tried to recover the bodies of their leaders.
“E nilamayan ng Rangers. Kada may lumapit, pitikan. Pagliwanag, mabilisan na plano, para kunin ang dalawang bangkay na naitumba nila,” Destroyer said. “Maya maya, naglalabasan na mga babaeng hostages. Tinakbo nila at sinabi: “sir, sina Isnilon Hapilon at Omar Maute ang mga napatay niyo.”
“Hiyawan, sigawan lahat ng tropa! Di nila akalain na natumba na pala nila ang dalawang leader ng mga terorista. Diyan natapos ang kasamaan ni Hapilon at Maute,” he added.