61 terrorists killed so far
in ongoing Marawi City operations — AFP
By Priam F. Nepomuceno
MANILA, May 27 —- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced
that its units, aimed at dislodging Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City,
Lanao City, has so far killed 61 militants.
This was disclosed by AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla in a
message to the PNA Sunday.
Figures are as of May 23 to 26, he added.
Of the 61 slain Maute Group members, 42 are confirmed through body count
with the other 19 being reported by witnesses.
Government losses as of this posting are 11 troopers dead along with four
police officers and 39 others wounded.
Civilians executed by the terrorists are placed at 19 as of this time.
"The AFP focus continues on safely clearing Marawi of terrorist elements
still holed up within pockets of the city. Priority of ongoing military
action is likewise aimed at aiding residents who are still trapped in the
city's interiors. Significantly, we have successfully rescued and assisted
124 trapped civilian residents since the start of the operations," Padilla
Precision airstrikes and artillery fire will likewise continue at specific
targets to hasten the clearing operations, the AFP spokesperson added.
Troops on the ground also recovered 24 high-powered firearms during the last
24 hours of military operations.
"The AFP and the PNP also belies reports of checkpoints being conducted by
uniformed elements without badges or identifications. Checkpoints follow
strict protocols and are strictly complied with. These reports if true, may
be of unauthorized armed elements and should be discretely documented and
reported. We have issued orders to our forces to ascertain these reports and
deal with it," Padilla pointed out.
"Our forces are working overtime to hasten the restoration of the rule of
law and Marawi's return to normalcy. We can only do this if we have the full
cooperation of our citizens in these affected areas. We count on everyone to
unite as one nation and do their patriotic duty for the restoration of peace
in our country," he further disclosed. (PNA)