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Philippines says arrests top member of IS-backed Maute group

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The Philippine Army soldiers brief the U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 1st BN, 27th Infantry Regiment, 2nd SBCT, 25th Infantry Division on Fort Magsaysay, Philippines, April 17. The Philippine Army Special Forces Soldiers teach the U.S. Army Soldiers their survival techniques during a jungle training exercise as a way to strengthen partnership between the two countries. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Samantha Van Winkle/Released)

PanARMENIAN.Net – The Philippines military said it arrested one of the Maute brothers on Thursday, June 15 a senior member of the Islamic State-backed militants it is fighting in a southern city, according to Reuters.

Mohammad Noaim Maute, alias Abu Jadid, was arrested at a checkpoint near the coastal city of Cagayan de Oro just after dawn, said Lt Col Jo-Ar Herrera, a military spokesman.

Two of Mohammad’s brothers, Omarkhayam and Abdullah, lead the Maute gang that is at the forefront of a vicious battle with security forces for Marawi City, now in its fourth week. Marawi is about 100 km (60 miles) south of Cagayan de Oro, but it was not clear whether Mohammad was coming from the besieged city.

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