9 Maute stragglers killed in Marawi - military

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 6) — Nine more Maute stragglers were killed in the war zone in Marawi on Sunday, military said on Monday.

Joint Task Force Ranao Deputy Commander Colonel Romeo Brawner said among them is Ibrahim Maute aka Abu Jamil, a cousin of the Maute brothers.

Ibrahim Maute is said to be the supply officer of Maute group, Brawner said.

"Supply is very important when it comes to sustaining war effort kaya't very important yung naging role ni Abu Jamil ," he said.

Brawner added the terrorists, were out looking for food in the main battle zone when soldiers found them, were carrying high-powered rifles and machine guns.

"Lumaban na sila. Talagang lumaban po sila no (They really fought back)...These nine stragglers are believed to be part of the remaining maute-isis terrorists who attacked Marawi City on May 23, 2017," Brawner said.

He said there are less than 20 Maute stragglers left in different areas in the war zone, but because of the danger, the area is still off-limits to the public.

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. said troops in Marawi are checking if Malaysian terrorist Amin Baco is one of the nine killed.

National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa, in a press briefing on Monday morning, said Baco was elected as the new emir or head of terrorist group Islamic State.

A former member of terror group Jemaah Islamiyah, Baco was with Malaysian terrorist leader Zulkifli Bin Hir alias Marwan in Mindanao before Marwan was killed during the botched 2015 Mamasapano operation.

The Scene of the Crime Operatives of the Marawi police are now processing the bodies, which will then be buried in the Maqbarah Public Cemetery on the outskirts of the city.

In a raid on Sunday, police arrested Minhati Madrais, the Indonesian wife of slain terrorist group leader Omar Maute.

CNN Philippines' Rex Remitio, David Santos, and Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.