Military mum on Lanao ambushers

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Philippine military officials were silent on who was behind a deadly ambush that killed an army soldier and wounded three more in Marawi City in the southern province of Lanao del Sur.

The Western Mindanao Command has confirmed Saturday’s attack on a military convoy which was heading back to base when about a dozen gunmen detonated a roadside bomb and then opened fire with automatic weapons on their target.

The convoy belongs to the 65th Infantry Battalion and 51st Mechanized Company under the 103rd Infantry Brigade in Marawi City.

No individual or group claimed responsibility for the daring attack, but previous assaults on the military had been largely blamed to an extremist group headed by Abdullah Maute, although copycat attacks, mostly launched by armed civilians opposing the presence of troops in the province, are widespread in the region.

Lanao del Sur is one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region where radical groups allied with the Islamic State are actively operating. (With a report from Ely Dumaboc)

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