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120 Civilians rescued by Government Troops in Marawi City

From the Website of Philippine Army 

120 Civilians rescued by Government Troops in Marawi City

Headquarters, Western Mindanao Command, Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – May 24, 2016.

As the troops of Joint Task Force Zampelan headed by Brigadier General Rolly Bautista continue to zero in on Maute members in Marawi City since yesterday afternoon, Government Forces were able to take hold of the different areas that were reportedly held by some Maute members since last night. 

At three in the afternoon today, the Amai Pakpak Hospital where Maute members accordingly occupied and held captive some seventy-eight civilians (8 patients, 49 construction workers, and 21 hospital staff) was already declared cleared of Maute presence.

Yesterday afternoon, members of Maute allegedly came to the hospital and shot dead one policeman and a security guard before they entered the hospital premises.

According to sources, the militants were bringing along with them to wounded members and sought medical care from the hospital staff upon their arrival. On the process, they also held captive all 78 civilians in the hospital.

In other areas, the Dansalan College in which one of the school buildings was burned last night was also declared cleared of the Maute threat as of this afternoon after soldiers were able to rescue forty two teachers of said school who were trapped.

Unfortunately, while in the course of these rescue operations, five soldiers were killed and 31 were wounded while making sure that civilians be brought to safety.

Also, one policeman who was driving a police vehicle was killed yesterday afternoon by the militants.

As of six pm tonight, there were thirteen Maute members who were killed (two cadavers recovered) and an M16 rifle was recovered by the government forces.

Soldiers were also able to recover a number of Improvised Explosive Devices’ components from a safe house that was previously occupied by the terrorist group.


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