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Philippine marines killed in fighting with militants

10 June 2017, 05:36 | Conrad Doyle

At least 13 Philippine Marines killed, 40 wounded in fierce Marawi clashes

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Some 13 marines have been killed in fighting with Muslim militants who have laid siege to a city in the Philippines.

Military spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo said the marines were killed in day-long close-quarter combat on Friday.

The marines were on an operation to rescue about 100 hostages held by the militants, who set off improvised explosive devices and fired rocket-propelled grenades at the advancing troops, Herrera said.

The embassy couldn't give specifics on the specific nature of the United States support for "security reasons".

On Friday, June 9 a US P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft was spotted flying over Marawi City as Philippine aircraft continue their airstrikes.

It is the biggest loss for government forces in a single day, the military said.

A Philippine military spokesman also said there were "strong indications" that the Maute brothers Omar and Abdullah, who founded the militant group named after them, were dead.

But he added the military is still "validating" the report and there is no way of independently confirming it.

At least 20 civilians and around 138 militants have also been killed, the government said.

The fresh casualties brought to 58 the number of government troops killed in the fighting, Herrera said.

The Agence France-Presse news agency reported the military as saying that the militants occupied about 10 percent of the city and were using bomb-proof tunnels and anti-tank weapons.

Immediately, the entire city became a battleground while more than 2,000 were stuck in the crossfire after thousands were evacuated.

Herrera said Farhana has been transported away from Marawi City to a "safe place", and is now currently undergoing investigation.

Temporary martial law has been declared for 60 days in Mindanao, one of the three main islands in the Philippines.

The announcement of U.S. help in the embattled southern region comes after Duterte has sought to reduce the Philippines' reliance on the United States and build much closer ties with China and Russian Federation.

"That's why we have community standards that explain what you can and cannot do on our service", a Facebook statement said.

The assistance helps military commanders in their fight against the militants and was offered at the request of the Philippine government, according to the statement, which didn't give details of the support.

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