By: Agence France-Presse
The Philippine navy stated Sunday it had captured the command centre of Islamic State group supporters who’ve besieged a southern metropolis for practically 4 months.
Security forces have engaged in ferocious road to road fight and launched airstrikes in their efforts to expel the fighters from the town of Marawi, in a battle that has raised fears that IS is seeking to set up a Southeast Asian base in the Philippines.
The navy stated it had captured the militants’ management centre in a lethal battle that started Saturday in a mosque and one other constructing.
“This enormous (military) gain further weakened the terrorist group by denying them their erstwhile command and control hub,” navy chief General Eduardo Ano stated in an announcement.
“As follow up and clearing operations continue, we expect the enemy to yield more previously occupied positions, but not without a fight,” he stated. “We are ready for that.”
Hundreds of armed extremists flying the black flag of the Islamic State motion in the Middle East occupied Marawi, the Islamic capital of the primarily Catholic Philippines, on May 23.
More than 800 militants, authorities troops and civilians have since been killed in the battle, which has pressured hundreds to flee their properties and destroyed giant components of the once-bustling metropolis.
President Rodrigo Duterte has deployed hundreds of troops and imposed martial legislation throughout the southern third of the nation to take care of the disaster, whereas the navy has launched a US-backed air marketing campaign towards the militants.