2 Maute-ISIS remnants surrender to military in Lanao del Sur

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(CNN Philippines, January 12) — Two remnants of the ISIS-influenced Maute group surrendered to the military Friday in Lanao del Sur, authorities confirmed.

The two, who were unnamed as of posting time, surrendered to the 55th Infantry Battalion in Pagayawan, Lanao del Sur. They reportedly belonged to the group of Maute leader Owayda Benito Marohombsar or "Abu Dar."

"Abu Dar" emerged as the leader of a group of Maute-ISIS remnants following the Marawi City siege in 2017.

"Based on our initial custodial debriefing, the two were tired of running and evading our troops," 55th Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col Ian Ignes said in a statement.

"Our combat operation will be relentless and continuous so as not to hamper the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi," said Col. Remo Brawner of the 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander based in Marawi.

The two Maute remnants also surrendered a caliber KG 9 sub-machine gun and a caliber .45 pistol.

This is a developing story.