AFP runs after Maute group behind Marawi jail attack


THE Armed Forces of the Philippines has intensified its hunt for members of the ISIS-inspired Maute group behind the Marawi City Jail attack and rescue of their imprisoned members.

Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla told radio station dzBB Sunday that the AFP has gone on heightened alert even as it distributed photographs of the escaped Maute group members to government security forces.

About 50 suspected members of the Maute group attacked the Marawi City Jail at about 5:40 p.m. on Saturday.

Eight of its members arrested last August 22 at a checkpoint as they were transporting bomb-making materials aboard a vehicle.

Aside from the eight Maute group members, 20 other inmates escaped during the attack.