MANILA – Philippine and Indonesian police have arrested at least seven people who are linked to members of the Maute Group who overran the city of Marawi last May 23.
Indonesian national police spokesman Martinus Sitompul said they collared a man in Yogyakarta City in central Java who allegedly helped seven Indonesians travel to Mindanao to join Maute terrorists in attacking the capital of the central Mindanao province of Lanao del Sur.
Philippine authorities, on the other hand, arrested Cayamore Maute, who is the father of some of the militants involved in the Marawi siege, and four others in a checkpoint in Davao City. The elder Maute denied any role in the siege.
Maute and the four others were flown to Manila yesterday to be detained in a maximum security prison.
Former Marawi Mayor Fajad Umpar Salic was also arrested by the Philippine police for allegedly financing the Maute terrorists but he denied the accusation.
The military has ordered the arrest of 200 people linked to the Marawi attackers as the whole of Mindanao is still under Martial Law.
President Rodrigo Duterte imposed military rule on Mindanao for 60 days starting last May 23 after the Maute terrorists attacked Marawi, destroying government and private buildings and taking hostage 200 city residents, including the city’s parish priest. GAC/Expat Media
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