44 soldiers, terrorists killed in ongoing fight in central Mindanao city


MANILA – Clashes between Philippine government troops and terrorists belonging to the Maute group continued yesterday in terrorist-beieged Marawi City.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said 44 soldiers and terrorists have been killed in the fighting that started late Tuesday afternoon.

The AFP said 13 troopers died on Tuesday and six more soldiers were killed yesterday along with two policemen.

Army First Infantry Division commander Brig. Gen. Rolando Bautista claimed that 31 Maute Group members were killed and that high-powered firearms were seized from them.

The AFP said they have launched air strikes against the remaining 30 to 40 members of the Maute group in Marawi and surrounding areas.

Army tanks have been deployed in Marawi and hundreds of residents have evacuated the city to avoid getting caught in the crossfire.

The siege of Marawi had prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare Martial Law on Mindanao and cut short a four-day visit in Russia.

Duterte said he may expand the coverage of Martial Law over the entire Philippines if terror groups affiliated with the Islamic State have taken a foothold on the Visayas and Luzon regions. GAC/Expat Media


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