The Armed Force of the Philippines (AFP) reported the killing of 13 terrorists still fighting in Marawi City.
“Our operations to flush out and deal with terrorist stragglers has been continuing relentlessly since yesterday . Last night’s operations has been very positive. We were able to neutralize 13 rebels and we confirmed this,” AFP Chief-of-Staff General Eduardo Año said in a statement released October 19.
The AFP chief added the possible inclusion of Malaysian terrorist Mahmud Ahmad who was perceived to be the replacement of recently neutralized terrorist leader Isnilon Hapilon.
“The AFP is increasingly becoming confident that he was among those who have been killed during yesterday’s operations. The process to confirm this with finality, however, is still ongoing. Earlier information regarding this was received from the rescued hostages. We are now working on getting full confirmation,” Año said.
General Año also confirmed the rescue of seven more hostages, among them a wounded teenage girl.
However, six members of the troops were wounded in Wednesday’s operations but they are now out of danger.