MARAWI: arawi (Philippines) June 1 (ANI): The Philippine military mistakenly killed its own 11 soldiers in the course of targeting Islamist militants, said a military official on Thursday.
"A group of our military army men were hit by our own airstrikes ..."
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is the administrator of Martial Law.
"It's sad but sometimes that happens, sometimes in the tug of war".
"This is a case of friendly fire".
The militants have murdered 19 civilians, the military has said, while insisting none have died in any air assaults or the intense street-to-street battles. The government has said foreign fighters from Indonesia, Malaysia, Yemen, and elsewhere were aiding the indigenous militants.
"We appeal... on humanitarian reasons and because this is what our religion Islam tells us", Jaafar said in an interview on ABS-CBN News.
President Duterte gave a speech on Thursday, and although he didn't mention the soldier's deaths in the airstrike, he restated his belief that the rebel fighters are "purely" Islamic State group.
What was clear was the opinions for and against martial law in social media, with a lot of loud voices supporting martial law coming from the millennial generation, whose parents were kids when the first martial law was declared and who voted for President Duterte past year.
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Lorenzana also said at least eight foreign terrorists have been killed in the ongoing clashes, as residents reported seeing "foreign-looking" fighters joining gunfights against state forces.
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.
Attack helicopters fired rockets on Wednesday morning into parts of Marawi, a Muslim city in the south of the mainly Catholic Philippines, that were still controlled by the militants fighting under the black flag of the Islamic State (IS) group.
In a video taken by the jihadists, Father Teresito Suganob says under duress that his captors want the military to withdraw its forces from Marawi.
He emphasized that while every soldier, airman, sailor, and marine understands that the intricacies of warfare against these extremists entail high degree of risk, we shall take necessary actions to prevent such incident from happening again. He said Hapilon was still hiding somewhere in the city and that authorities were working to confirm whether another top militant had been killed.
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The Philippines Justice Department has issued warrants for more than 100 members of the Maute group and the Abu Sayyaf terrorist organization, both of which are believed to be involved in the fighting in Marawi.