31 May '17, 8am

89 #ISIS-linked militants killed in #Philippines' Marawi city as military fights to capture leaders

MARAWI, Philippines (AFP) - Philippine troops have killed 89 Islamist militants during more than a week of urban battles but a final showdown is expected to be fierce as the gunmen protect their leaders and hold hostages, authorities said on Wednesday (May 31). Attack helicopters fired rockets on Wednesday morning into parts of Marawi, a Muslim city in the south of the mainly Catholic Philippines, that were still controlled by the militants fighting under the black flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group. President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law across the entire southern region of Mindanao in response to the crisis, which he described as the start of a major campaign by ISIS to establish a foothold in the Philippines. Eighty-nine militants had been killed in the fighting and the amount of territory in the city that the remaining gunmen controlled ha...

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