Ten government soldiers killed in Philippines military air strike - minister


Lorenzana said Thursday that eight foreigners had been identified among militants killed by government forces.

"Sometimes the fog of war".

Based on the latest government record, the number of Maute members killed in the Marawi clash has now reached 65.

The militants have murdered 19 civilians, the military has said, while insisting none have died in any air assaults or the intense street-to-street battles. Gen. Restituto Padilla as saying that the airstrikes on Wednesday also injured seven other soldiers.

There were a total of 120 militants killed since last Tuesday, when a failed government raid to capture one of Asia's top militants in Marawi triggered the siege of the city by the rebels.

"Its very sad to be hitting our own troops, there must be a mistake somewhere, either someone directing from the ground, or the pilot", Lorenzana added.

General Padilla said the military was aware of the video but said he was confident the militants would not harm the priest because they wanted to use him to gain concessions.

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Filipinos are accustomed to violence in the far southwest, including parts of the giant island Mindanao where troops have been fighting militants in the city of Marawi over the past week, leaving more than 100 dead, including 24 civilians. He said the Maute group was being given too much credit, and that the occupation of Marawi was the work of Islamic State, and planned a long time ago.

"There's only one way, through the backdoor, maybe coming from Indonesia or from Malaysia, from Sabah", he added.

Debt-watcher Moody's Investors Service said that the ongoing unrest in Marawi City and the declaration of martial law in Mindanao will not materially affect the Philippines' near-term economic growth outlook.

He said the corridor will be implemented by the government and the main separatist group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has signed a peace agreement in exchange for Muslim autonomy in Mindanao, the southern third of the Philippines where a Muslim rebellion has raged for decades.

The Commission on Human Rights is also "enjoined" to "zealously exercise" its mandate of ensuring the protection of constitutional and human rights of all citizens while martial law is still in force.

The media reports quoted Brig.

In the same briefing yesterday, Mr. Lorenzana expressed confidence the military will meet its self-imposed deadline today, June 2, to end the conflict in Marawi. "Because of this clarification, we do not expect the extension of martial law beyond the resolution or dissipation of the immediate threat posed by the Marawi crisis", the debt rater said.