THREE Maute group members were killed in a clash with government forces on Thursday dawn in a village in Pantar, Lanao del Norte, the military said.
Major General Roseller Murillo, Army's 1st Infantry Division commander, said the clash happened around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, February 8, in the village of Lumba-Punod in Pantar.
One of the three slain Maute group members was identified as Omar Daiser while two others remain unidentified.
Murillo said the clash ensued when Daiser and his two companions opened fire while the combined military and police forces were on law enforcement operation.
Murillo, quoting a report from Brigadier General William Alunday, Joint Task Group Lanao del Norte commander, said Daiser joined the Maute group and has served as the contact person of the terror group in Pantar.
Daiser, who escaped from Marawi City Jail, has standing warrant of arrest for the crime of robbery with homicide issued by the Marawi City Regional Trial Court.
Murillo said Daiser is also involved in illegal drug activities in Marawi City.
Recovered at the clash site were four M-16 Armalite rifles; one M-203 grenade launcher; one FAL (Fusil Automatique Leger) rifle; one Beretta 9-mm pistol; and, assorted ammunition at the clash site.
The military, Murillo said, will continue intensified security operations to neutralize the remnants of the Maute group.