Philippines soldiers killed in 'friendly fire' air strike in Marawi


The military spokesperson added that an investigation into the "friendly fire" has been ordered, and that the incident just reflects the difficulty faced by the government forces to contain the insurrection despite their overwhelming number and firepower.

The troops launched a counter-offensive that resulted in a series of clashes.

SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday night disclosed the decision of the House of Representatives' leadership to create a trust fund to help the victims of the Marawi City crisis.

"They will also coordinate with the Densus 88 counterterrorism squad to monitor radical movements", he said.

The conflict began after security forces attempted to capture top militant leader Isnilon Hapilon, who is considered as the Islamic State's leader in the Philippines.

Initially, he said 10 soldiers died but later national military spokesman Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla later confirmed that 11 soldiers were killed.

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in the embattled southern Philippines, and additional troops have been dispatched to the region.

Año said he had directed the AFP Inspector General to form a board of inquiry, which will be headed by Maj. "They do it by killing people, invoking the name of God and that is a very bad ideology", he said, Reuters reported.

The International Committee of the Red Cross on Wednesday called for a humanitarian ceasefire.

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Up to 120 terrorists, 25 soldiers, and 19 civilians were killed, according to a military report.

"The confrontation was really eye to eye, which indicated the seriousness of the message and the personal resolve that Ma'am Farida was showing [to the gunmen]", said Cris.

"We covered the mouths of our children".

He is on Washington's most wanted list with a US$5 million ($6.7 million) bounty on his head.

Lorenzana said about 500 militants, including foreign fighters, joined the siege of Marawi, a mosque-studded city that is the heartland of the Islamic faith in the southern Philippines.

Authorities said dozens of fighters fought back to protect him, and then attacked parts of the city with a population of 200,000, taking hostages.

The AFP had earlier reported that six foreigners, among them Malaysians and Indonesians, were among the terrorists slain in the Marawi operations.

Government troops take position against enemy snipers as they escort rescued workers and trapped residents near the town center where heavy fighting between troops and Muslim militants have been raging in Marawi, in southern island of Mindanao on June 1, 2017, as fighting between government forces and Muslim militants enter its tenth day.

More than 100 members of the Maute terror group and Abu Sayyaf bandits charged with murder, kidnapping, and espionage have been ordered arrested by the government, the Justice Department announced. Successive governments have promised to bring peace to Mindanao, but none have.