Police recover remains of 3 suspected Maute victims

December 9, 2017 - 1:26 PM
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PARANG, Maguindanao — Police in Lanao del Sur recovered the remains of three persons believed to have been abducted and executed by remnants of the Maute group.

Chief Superintendent Graciano Mijares, police director for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said the still unidentified remains were recovered around Thursday morning on the boundary of Piagapo and Balindong towns.

Mijares, quoting a belated report from the Lanao del Sur police office, said residents alerted authorities about the bodies, which were buried in a shallow grave.

They said they saw several unidentified men arrive in the area the night before after which they heard gunshots. The men wore black clothing and carried what appeared to be ISIS flags.