Islamic State (IS) terrorists have been filmed trashing a church in Marawi City.
In the video revealed by the IS’s Amaq News Agency, the militants may be seen toppling crucifixes, stamping on posters of Pope Francis and smashing statues earlier than lighting fires.
Efforts to recapture the town are persevering with practically two weeks after terrorists went on the rampage underneath the IS black flag.
The chaos erupted after a failed raid to seize IS’s regional consultant, or ‘emir’, Isnilon Hapsilon, an Abu Sayyaf commander who has a $5 million FBI bounty on his head.
It is believed he was being harboured by the native Maute terror group as he tried to unite the assorted Islamist teams of the Philippines underneath the banner of IS.
The extent of the chaos that erupted after the raid — and the affirmation of overseas jihadis in the town — suggests he had made some headway in direction of this finish.
The clashes have left at the least 178 lifeless, together with 20 civilians, at the least 120 militants and 38 troopers and policemen.
Yesterday, a four-hour ceasefire was declared to provide civilians an opportunity to depart the town, however gunfire resumed after only one hour.
President Duterte has mentioned that he is not going to negotiate with the terrorists, and has ordered troops to destroy the militants, even when they kill the 240 hostages they maintain.
In a speech at an air base at Lapu-Lapu, the president mentioned: “I used to be requested if I may negotiate. I’m telling you now, you possibly can kill all these you’re holding now, however I received’t speak to you.
“My order really is to shoot you and to shoot you dead.”
However, commanders have held again from indiscriminately bombing the town with fighter jets attributable to issues over the security of about 2,000 civilians trapped amid the combating. Last week we reported that 11 troopers have been killed in a “friendly fire” bombing raid.