Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Philippine airstrike kills 11 soldiers in 'friendly fire'

Philippine airstrike kills 11 soldiers in 'friendly fire'

Identifying foreign militants of Malay descent is also hard, he said.

"We are trying to ascertain how it happened that the first hit the target, the second was far off". Marawi is a densely populated city of 200,000 on the island of Mindanao, home to much of the nation's Muslim majority. Specifically, the board will determine whether the incident was the result of bad intelligence or the ground or pilot error. In keeping with the enforcement of military rule in the southern region, Mr. Duterte a week later signed General Order No. 1 providing guidelines for the implementation of Proclamation No. 216 that placed Mindanao under martial law.

Mr. Lorenzana for his part said Maute still offers strong resistance despite intense attacks by pursuing government forces, adding that more troops were sent in the area "across the bridge from the city hall" because the place is "very hard to crack".

Maute and Abu Sayyaf militants that pledged allegiance to ISIS attacked Marawi after state forces attempted to capture terror leader Isnilon Hapilon.

Militants flying black Islamic State (IS) group flags rampaged through Marawi almost two weeks ago, triggering clashes with troops and police that have left at least 178 people dead.

Precision-guided bombs were used earlier in airstrikes in Marawi's urban areas, but the military ran out of the high-tech munitions and used conventional ones in Wednesday's bombing run, he said.

At least 30 civilians and 38 government troops have been killed, in addition to 120 terrorists, in the military offensive against the Islamic State (IS)-linked Maute group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, the Palace said on Sunday.

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In a contradicting facts, however, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has reported 11 soldiers died while 7 others were wounded during bombing error.

A video posted on the website of Islamic State's Amaq news agency shows mostly young fighters and the bodies of dead soldiers inside a vehicle.

"I was advised last night, 1,200 ISIS in the Philippines, around 40 from Indonesia", said Ryacudu, using another name for the IS group, at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an inter-governmental security forum held annually by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). The elder sister said they secretly communicated with government rescuers by mobile phone text messages through their ordeal, and made their break for freedom when informed the gunmen had been driven away from the bridge.

Duterte has asked the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), an Islamic separatist movement based on the Philippines island of Mindanao, to help negotiate a peace settlement with the Islamist fighters, who are predominantly drawn from the Maute Group based in and around Marawi.

But bound by global laws, Duterte said troops did their best to ensure no civilians would be killed.

Irene Santiago, appointed by Duterte to organize the "peace corridor", said the effort had been a success as the fighting was several km (miles) away from where the evacuation occurred. Martial law, declared the same day as the start of the clashes, is entering its 13th day on Sunday, June 4.

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