Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Lena Vasquez

Philippine marines killed in fighting with militants

Philippine marines killed in fighting with militants

"As we have in the past, we routinely consult with our Filipino partners at senior levels to support the Duterte administration's counterterrorism efforts", the embassy said, referring to President Rodrigo Duterte. "It's noncombat assistance", military spokesman Brig.

Colonel Arevalo added the "temporary setback" had "not diminished our resolve a bit".

Thirteen Philippine marines have been killed in a gun battle with Islamist militants as troops step up an offensive to regain control of a southern city besieged by the terrorists for nearly three weeks.

The gunmen were using about 100 hostages as human shields, hiding in mosques and utilising an underground tunnel network in the city, making it hard for troops to manoeuvre, he added.

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Lt. Col. Joar Herrera said they are still validating the number of the wounded troopers but confirmed 13 members of the Philippine Marines were killed in one day including the company commander who conducted clearing operations which found P52.2 million cash and P27 million-worth of checks in a house in Marawi City.

Since the violence erupted on 23 May, hundreds of thousands of people have fled Marawi, parts of which have been reduced to rubble by fighting and government airstrikes.

Filipino forces, meanwhile, captured on Friday the mother of two top militant leaders leading the siege.

In a news briefing in Marawi on Saturday, military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-ar Herrera said such assistance is limited to "technical support".

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Maute's husband, Cayamora, was arrested at a police checkpoint in the southern city of Davao on Tuesday. Mindanao was put under martial law to prevent the hostilities from spreading.

Until now there had been no confirmation that the Philippines had sought U.S. support in the battle for Marawi City on the island of Mindanao, which is in its third week.

The Agence France-Presse news agency reported the military as saying that the militants occupied about 10 percent of the city and were using bomb-proof tunnels and anti-tank weapons.

Military officials in the country said that a United States Navy aircraft provided surveillance for the local troops as the battle continued in Marawi on Friday.

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FILE PHOTO: Smoke billowing from a burning building is seen as government troops continue their assault on insurgents from the Maute group, who have taken over large parts of Marawi City.

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