A TOTAL of 95 persons including 61 members of ISIS inspired Maute Terror Group (MTG), 11 soldiers, four cops and 19 civilians were killed in a continuous firefights between government forces and local terrorists who entered and attacked Marawi City and caused tension and fear among the residents in the community.
This was confirmed yesterday by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla.
Padilla said as of 2 p.m. yesterday, the AFP recorded 61 terrorists killed, 42 of them were recovered and 19 others were confirmed dead by eyewitness accounts.
On the part of the government, the AFP recorded 15 killed in action including 11 soldiers and 4 policemen.
Nineteen civilians were also confirmed dead, eight of them were recovered yesterday morning some 300 meters outside MSU and along a roadway. They are composed of four males, three females and one child.
Padilla said the civilians were mercilessly killed by the terrorists.
“This development validates a series of reports of atrocities committed by the militants earlier. We are still validating other reports of atrocities by militants. To date, we have confirmed 9 civilians killed by militants,” Padilla said.
The AFP also recorded 39 wounded as of May 26, 2017. The figure are being updated as of press time.
Padilla explained that the AFP is focused on the safety of residents trapped in Marawi City as they continue on safely clearing Marawi of terrorists elements who are still held-up within pockets of the City.
“Priority of ongoing military action is likewise aimed at aiding residents who are still trapped in the city’s interiors,” he said.
Right now, Padilla said government forces were able to rescue and assist 124 trapped civilian residents since the start of the operations.
Troops on the ground also recovered 24 high powered firearms during the 24-hour military operations.
In line with this, the AFP and the PNP also denied reports that there are checkpoints being conducted by uniformed elements without badges or identifications.
Padilla stressed that checkpoints follow strict protocols and are strictly complied with.
“These reports if true, may be of unauthorized armed elements and should be discretely documented and reported. We have issued orders to our forces to ascertain these reports and deal with it,” he said.
“Our forces are working overtime to hasten the restoration of the rule of law and Marawi’s return to normalcy. We can only do this if we have the full cooperation of our citizens in these affected areas. We count on everyone to unite as one nation and do their patriotic duty for the restoration of peace in our country,” he added.