The Maute group, also known as the Islamic State of Lanao, is a radical Islamist group composed of former Moro Islamic Liberation Front guerrillas and some foreign fighters led by Abdullah Maute, the alleged founder of a Dawlah Islamiya, or Islamic state based in Lanao del Sur, Mindanao, Philippines. The group was involved in a clash with Philippine Army troops in February 2016 that led to the capture of their headquarters in Butig, Lanao del Sur. There are reports that Omar Maute, Abdullah's brother, was killed in that clash. There are also reports to the contrary, claiming that he escaped before the camp was overrun and is still alive; video footage found on a cellphone captured by Philippine government troops during the Marawi crisis indicates this to be true. Since then the group, which a Philippine Army brigade commander characterized as terrorist, has been conducting a protection racket in the remote settlements of Butig.
They are also believed to be allied with the Abu Sayyaf group and the Islamic State. In 2017 the two groups along with other pro-IS jihadi organizations, working together as the "Islamic State- East Asia Province", occupied the city of Marawi, Lanao del Sur, for 6 months until their leaders were killed. As a result, the group has become disorganized but remains dangerous, as in 2019 they bombed a Philippine Army base.