Philippines

Wounded troops in Marawi City tiff now at 852

MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — The number of troops wounded in the ongoing battle to clear Marawi City of the remaining Maute Group terrorists is now placed at 852, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said Monday.

This was offset by the number of lawless elements killed which is now placed at 411, he added.

Arevalo said that these figures are as of 7 p.m. Sunday.

Troopers killed in action were placed at 97 along with 45 civilians.

Arevalo said that number of recovered firearms is placed at 511 while civilians rescued from the clutches of the terrorists is pegged at 1,723.

A soldier is also reported missing-in-action but this is still being confirmed.

Fighting broke out in Marawi City after government troops tried to arrest Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and ISIS “emir” in Southeast Asia last May 23.(PNA)

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