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5 Dawlah Islamiyah-Maute members killed in Lanao del Norte clashes —military

Five Dawlah Islamiyah-Maute Group (DI-MG) members were killed in two subsequent encounters with government troops in Lanao del Norte early Monday morning, the military said.

According to Major General Gabriel Viray III, commander of the Army's 1st Infantry Division (ID), the clashes also resulted in the wounding of five soldiers who are now in stable condition.

Viray said the government troops were conducting "decisive military operation" at 3:42 a.m. in Barangay Cadayonan in Munai, Lanao del Norte, when they encountered an estimated 12 DI-MG members under one Nasser Daud. 

This led to a firefight that lasted 45 minutes, after which the enemies "scampered towards different direction[s]," Viray said.

"Subsequently, while on hot pursuit against the fleeing enemies, another encounter transpired at about 6:30 a.m. Firefight lasted for about 10 minutes," Viray added.

The troops were able to recover the bodies of the five slain DI-MG members, as well as two high-powered firearms and several war materials, including a rifle grenade. —KBK, GMA Integrated News