Philippine airstrike kills 11 soldiers in 'friendly fire'

Posted June 12, 2017

"This needs to be subjected to inquiry on the other side, kung saan nakuha ng Indonesia so we may address this because we have networks with the nations who are fighting against terrorism", Padilla said during the "Mindanao Hour" briefing in Malacañang yesterday.

The pro-Islamic State Maute group has proven to be a fierce enemy, clinging on to the heart of Marawi City through days of air strikes the military has said are "surgical" and on known rebel targets. "There must be some mistake there, either the men directing from the ground or the pilot", he said.

In response the Maute group attacked parts of the city with a population of 200,000, taking hostages.

"I think it's horrific for the civilian people who are in there and we really hope that both sides can agree that the civilians should be given the opportunity to come out", said the deputy head of the ICRC's Philippine delegation, Martin Thalmann, in Marawi. Still, he added, the military had cordoned off the area where the last holdouts are believed to be hiding.

Another military officer, Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, spokesperson for the 1st Army Division, said 30 to 40 gunmen were fighting government troops in Banggolo, Rada Madaya and Saka Lidok villages.

The AFP spokesman said that the military will continue to work closely with other groups for the facilitation of the entry of humanitarian help and assistance to areas where there are displaced persons.

The Maute group laid siege of Marawi City last week on May 23 amid a government operation to capture Isnilon Hapilon, the supposed leader of IS in Southeast Asia.

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Militants with ties to the Islamic State overran a city in the southern Philippines, leading some observers to claim that ISIS is trying to establish a foothold in the country. Gen. Restituto Padilla, spokesman for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), told the Philippine Star.

The siege of Marawi prompted President Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao for 60 days and suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus on the entire island during the period of military rule.

Images have been circulated widely online of smiling fighters dressed in the black attire typical of Islamic State, posing with trophies that include stolen government weapons and armoured vehicles hit by rocket-propelled grenades.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.

"This is what our religion Islam tells us, please, release him now, immediately", he said on television.

MARAWI The Philippine authorities said yesterday they were trying to negotiate a ceasefire in the southern city of Marawi and rescue up to 2,000 civilians trapped in areas held by Islamist militants almost two weeks.

Around 2,000 people remained trapped by the fighting, some of them being used by the militants as human shields, the military said.

President Rodrigo Duterte said he ordered troops to "wipe them out, everyone". Up to 90 percent of Marawi's people have fled to safety. "I will use you as soldiers, with the same pay, privileges, and I will build houses for you", he said.