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Philippine 'Friendly Fire' Killing, Wounding Nearly 20 in Marawi Fight

02 Juin 2017

The plane had made three successful bombing runs before dropping the wayward bomb.

The Maute militants, who pledged allegiance to ISIS in 2015, engaged in a violent encounter with the military and police on May 23 after a failed raid which aimed to capture local Islamist leader Isnilon Hapilon. The Philippine army affirmed that 90 percent of the city's areas were freed from the militants.

FOREIGN FIGHTERS KILLED According to the defense chief, eight foreign militants - two Saudis, two Malaysians, two Indonesians, one Yemeni and a Chechen - were neutralized by the military in the course of the week-long standoff in Marawi.

Up to 400 marines were deployed to Marawi City as reinforcements Thursday after Ano set a Friday deadline to clear the city of militants.

More than 100 people have been killed, majority militants, according to the military, and most of the city's residents have fled.

The Catholic priest kidnapped by an ISIS-linked group along with 240 other hostages has appeared in a video Wednesday, pleading for the government to end its attacks.

Adding to concerns about the rising threat of IS, Lorenzana said militants from Saudi Arabia, Chechnya, Yemen, Malaysia and Indonesia were among the dead.

"We still have more than one day so I'm sure the troops will do the best they can to accomplish the deadline", he said.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte touches his head during his speech at the swearing in of officials of various municipalities at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines, on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

The gunmen are also holding hostages, some of whom have been forced to speak on propaganda videos for the militants calling for troops to withdraw. He did not elaborate.

"We're not negotiating with terrorists".

"Indeed there was planning that was involved even prior to our entry to arrest Hapilon...when we got information he was holed up in the area", said Philippine military spokesman Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla.

Militants from Southeast Asia fighting for ISIS in Iraq and Syria released a video a year ago urging sympathizers to pick up the fight in the southern Philippines.

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. Eyewitnesses who fled the scene have told reporters that ISIS terrorists, many of them as young as thirteen, are forcing civilians to recite Islamic prayers or be killed.

Developing: as we go to press reports are emerging of a live fire incident at the Resorts World Manila entertainment precinct.

Philippine 'Friendly Fire' Killing, Wounding Nearly 20 in Marawi Fight