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Five Maute terrorists killed in fresh clash in Marawi

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At least five Daesh-inspired Maute terrorists were killed in a fresh fighting with government troops on Tuesday in the war-torn Marawi City.

Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command, told reporters in Marawi the fighting occurred as the Marines were clearing a building in the main battle area in the city.

The area, where the building is located, was one of strongholds of the Maute terrorists, who burned it before they fled leaving their slain companions, according to Petinglay.

Some high-powered firearms, night vision goggles and an improvised explosive device had also been recovered by Marine troops, she said.

Last Monday, the military said some Maute terrorists in Marawi sent surrender feelers to the government forces after three and a half months of fighting.

Joint Task Force Ranao Deputy Commander, Col. Romeo Brawner, confirmed the feelers, hoping they will have surrernder of some Maute members within the next days.

He said the lives of those who would surrender, lay down their firearms, change out of their black clothes and walk to a designated location would be spared.

The military said more than 600 Maute terrorists and 140 troops have been killed in the ongoing conflict in Marawi City. At least 45 civilians were slain by the Daesh-inspired group.

The Maute group is still holding several civilian hostages as thousands of people are still displaced by the conflict.

Clashes in Marawi brokeout after local terrorists led by Maute brothers and Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon attack on May 23, prompting Duterte to place the entire Mindanao under martial law.

In July, the House of Representatives and Senate overwhelmingly voted to grant President Duterte's request to extend the military rule in the southern region until December 31.

The President on Saturday (last week) vowed fair treatment to the Maute Group fighting in Marawi if they surrender without harming the hostages.

He said the only way for the terrorists to leave Marawi alive is to surrender to government forces.

“If they surrender, we will try them, give them due process, provide them with a lawyer,” Duterte was quoted saying.

On Monday, Duterte made his fourth visit to Marawi and checked on the city's Grand Mosque and the Mapandi Bridge, which had been recaptured by soldiers from terrorists.

He had an hour to attend the command conference of military generals, commanders, and high-ranking police officials with the Joint Task Force Marawi and then gave assorted goods and watches to soldiers. Hader Glang




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