‘Terrorists’ intercepted in Lanao

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Security forces are holding eight members and relatives of a jihadist group leader–Abdullah Maute–tagged as behind a series of terrorist attacks in southern Mindanao.

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Philippine Army soldiers and policemen intercepted the group that included three women while it was transporting explosives onboard a van in Barangay Nanagun in Lumbayanague town, Lanao del Sur.

Troops seized from the jihadists two pipe bombs, two fragmentation grenades, one improvised explosive device assembled from an 81mm mortar, two .45-caliber pistols and electronic triggering devices.

Officials said those arrested also gave out different names to mislead authorities but Army and police interrogators later found out that they are members and relatives of Maute, who founded the Dawlah Islamiya or Islamic State in southern Philippines.

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