Maute & Abu Sayyaf Terrorists Using Mosque to Store their P500-Million Worth of Loot in Marawi

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The ISIS-affiliated terrorist groups Abu Sayyaf and Maute members are using mosque to store their loot during the Marawi incident after an estimated P500 million in cash, gold and jewelry were discovered by the Philippine Army’s First Infantry Division.

According to Brig. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista, commander of the Joint Task Force Marawi, the P500 million worth of looted items were brought to a central storage in a mosque and received by designated Maute members who were keeping a list for accounting.

Brig. Gen. Bautista the commander of the Army’s First Infantry Division also reported that the government troops have overrun Dansalan College, one of the terrorist’s strongholds.

In an interview with the media, the Joint Task Force Marawi commander was quoted as saying “The school is host to some high-rise structures that served as a machine gun nest and snipers’ vantage position for terrorist elements,” Bautista said.

The famous Dansalan College was one of the key establishments taken over and partially burned by Maute and ASG terrorists in the early part of the Marawi crisis.

Brig. Gen. Bautisa also revealed that the news about the massive lootings by the terrorists in Marawi City were personal accounts of seven hostages who escaped from the terrorists’ lair.

The Army Chief also noted that “Seven hostages who were able to reach government forces two weeks ago, followed by another one who escaped a few days later and by another two several days ago, made these disturbing revelations, thus corroborating earlier information received by JTF Marawi headquarters,” Brig. Gen. Bautista added.

During the clearing operation in Dansalan College, the same school were the Maute brothers had their education, a cadaver of foreign-looking individual was also recovered by government troops. It is believed that it is one of the reported foreign fighters from Singapore.

In Dansalan College during the clearing operations the Philippine Army also found a .50 caliber heavy machine gun and 14 other high-powered firearms. The government troops also confirmed that a total of 410 firearms have been recovered by government forces from the terrorist group that attacked Marawi City.

Source: PNA / Manila Standard

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