Bravery and creativity showcased in one massive weapon!
The Marawi Siege in the Philippines has left the country devastated. People lost their houses—and even their lives. Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law over Mindanao, one of the country’s main islands, after terrorist Maute group laid siege on Marawi city on May 23. Government forces and members of the said group have been in a clash for months, as the group is believed to have been protecting and hiding the “emir” (leader) of ISIS in the the Philippines, Isnilon Hapilon.
If anything, the Marawi siege just exposed the country’s weaknesses military-wise. There were also some reports that many soldiers were short in ammunition and equipment.
Many Filipinos are especially concerned for the soldiers who are fighting these ISIS-backed militants using limited ammunition, tanks covered in makeshift wooden armors, and now—angry birds themed catapults. Once again, the Marawi soldiers showed their creativity and bravery in defending Marawi from the Maute group.
In a post by Facebook page Scout Ranger Books, a Marawi soldier was seen catapulting a hand grenade using a massive ‘slingshot’.
The slingshot, dubbed the ‘Angry Ranger’, was named after the popular game Angry Birds—and we see the resemblance to the game. It stands at more than 6 feet, with a massive rubber band tied to the stable wooden stand.
Though the slingshot looked ‘shabby’ and dangerous for many netizens, the soldiers assured them that the slingshot had saved countless of lives as it was very efficient. As a matter of fact, they hinted that a ‘new and improved’ Angry Ranger is on its way.