Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
World News | By Penny Hart

10 soldiers killed, 8 wounded in gov't airstrike

10 soldiers killed, 8 wounded in gov't airstrike

Lorenzana said it was "unfortunate" that 10 soldiers were killed and seven others wounded in a friendly fire air strike in Marawi City.

"A group of our military army men were hit by our own airstrikes", the defence secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, said in a text message to reporters. General Restituto Padilla said.

Padilla said Thursday that every soldiers knows the risks of battle, adding that there will be an official investigation into Wednesday's friendly fire incident. And there were stories - stories of things that mothers and fathers hope never happen to their families.

MANILA Militants of at least five nationalities were among eight foreigners killed while fighting alongside Islamist militants against government troops in the southern Philippines, Manila's defense minister said on Thursday. But the website MaxDefense Philippines said it had a poor serviceability record and funding issues and lacked numerous capabilities of typical attack jets, like radar and internal guns.

He said the corridor will be implemented by the government and the main separatist group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has signed a peace agreement in exchange for Muslim autonomy in Mindanao, the southern third of the Philippines where a Muslim rebellion has raged for decades.

Attack helicopters were streaking low over Marawi on Monday, firing rockets at militant hideouts, as heavily armed soldiers went house to house in search of fighters.

Following the incident, the Philippine military has deployed more ground troops and armored vehicles, indicating it could pull back on airstrikes.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is concerned radical ideology is spreading in the southern Philippines and it could become a haven for militants from Southeast Asia and beyond.

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Grave fears are held for Father Suganob and a dozen of his parishioners who were abducted from a church as they said prayers.

The Philippine military previously said that it was conducting "precision airstrikes" on militant positions in an effort to dislodge them.

"We appeal... on humanitarian reasons and because this is what our religion Islam tells us", Jaafar said in an interview on ABS-CBN News.

The unrest has boosted fears that the Islamic State group's violent ideology is gaining a foothold in the country's restive southern islands, where Muslim separatist rebellions have raged for almost half a century.

Security forces launched a raid to arrest Isnilon Hapilon - a Filipino militant on the US's list of most-wanted terror suspects.

Most of the civilians have left Marawi, while about 2,000 remain trapped.

He changed his mind on last week's offer of dialogue with the Maute and said he "will not talk to terrorists". "And siguro we have to limit the air strikes to the aircrafts that can deliver accurately their ordnance", he added.

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