Maute straggler killed by government troops in Marawi

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Marawi City (CNN Philippines, October 31) — A Maute straggler was killed after exchanging fire with troops in the main battle area in Marawi City on Tuesday, a military official confirmed.

Joint Task Force Ranao Deputy Commander Coronel Romeo Brawner said the Maute member attempted to escape the city through a river and exchanged gunfire with the troops using his M-16 rifle.

The body is with the city's Philippine National Police's Scene of the Crime Operatives. His remains will be immediately buried in the battle area or in the Maqbara Cemetery, Brawner said.

The death of the Maute straggler comes a week after the military ended their combat operations in Marawi City.

Also read: Fighting in Marawi City is over 

Brawner said there could be some terrorists left in the battle zone, which is why they are still implementing strict security measures despite sending home some troops.

Also read: Military still after handful of terrorists in Marawi