Foreign terrorists were among those killed in the ongoing gun battle in Marawi City, the military said.
In a televised press briefing in Davao City, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said that they have reports that some of those fighters killed by government troops included Malaysian and Indonesian fighters.
“We are continuously verifying that there have been a number of them killed. There is a certain information we received which confirmed the killing of 12 members and half of that are Malaysians, Indonesians, and one other,” he said.
Padilla said that foreign terrorists have been in the country for a long time and have been aiding the local terrorists in bomb-making.
Local terrorist groups fighting the government forces have previously pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. The fighting that started from a raid to arrest Abu Sayyaf top leader Isnilon Hapilon on Tuesday afternoon has turned into an urban warfare, as they torched buildings, took over facilities and held hostages.
President Rodrigo Duterte also declared martial law in the entire Mindanao on that same day. The ongoing fighting has led to the evacuation of thousands of residents.
The military said 31 terrorists have been killed since the gun battle started, while 13 government forces were killed and 39 were wounded. IDL
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