The Philippine army stated it killed 10 armed males who tried to enter the battle zone in Marawi City within the early hours of this morning (Monday, August 28).
A 3-hour battle erupted at Lake Lanao after troops intercepted two motor boats trying to sneak in to the besieged metropolis.
Army spokeswoman Captain Jo-ann Petinglay stated: “Soldiers of the Task Group Musang were able to intercept 10 members of the Daesh(IS)-inspired Maute terror group on board two motorised pump boats who attempted to sneak into the main battle area at 2:30 dawn today.”
The army recovered the our bodies of 5 of the militants, one of many boats and an M16 rifle. The different boat is believed to have sunk. A search is continuous for the opposite 5 our bodies.
Would be jihadists have been prevented from getting into the embattled metropolis on a number of events in latest weeks, as a dwindling band of Islamic-State impressed fighters proceed to maintain out within the metropolis centre.
Clashes have been additionally reported final week within the neighbouring city of Marantao. Military sources say there are diversionary ways.
The army stated it has made important advances towards the terrorists. However, it stays unclear when displaced residents can anticipate to return to their houses.
Troops reported retaking key enemy strongholds resembling the town’s fundamental mosque, the place Christian hostages have been beforehand saved. They have additionally cleared the Saint Mary’s Parish, the place a Catholic Priest was taken hostage when preventing broke out on May 23.
President Duterte made his third go to to Marawi City final week to mark the retaking of the Grand Mosque. During this go to he was pictured firing an computerized weapon in the direction of the battle-zone.