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Omar Maute’s widow arrested

A police report identified the arrested wife of Omar Maute as Minhati Madrais, also known as “Baby,” an Indonesian national.

Madrais was with her six children—four girls and two boys—when she was arrested at 8017 Steele Makers Village in Tubod, Iligan City, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The children were turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

No further details were provided, and it was unclear whether Madrais was the same wife that the slain terrorist leader was with when they both underwent training in Jordan in 2012.

Mug shot  of Minhati Madrais, an Indonesian national and wife of slain IS-linked Omar Maute, as released  by the Philippine National Police in Region 10.

Omar Maute and several hundreds of his followers werer responsible for the attack in Marawi City that sparked five months of intense battles that left more than 1,000 people dead and the Islamic city in ruins.

Maute was killed by a sniper fire while attempting to escape during the last stretch of fighting. Killed with him was Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, touted as the emir of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia.

Government troops liberated Marawi City on Oct. 23, five months after the siege began.

Police found four blastinc caps, two detonating cords, and a timed fuse inside Madrais’ house.

She was holding an expired Indonesian passport.

In Marawi, soldiers continued to mop up the main battle area, shooting it out with an undetermined number of stragglers that included foreign fighters.


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