Philippines troops find dozens dead as warawi siege ends in deadlock
Philippine troops say they have taken over strategic hilltop town of Davao from the Maute group, but milita안산출장안마ry officials have refused to give any more details, although they have said hundreds are dead, with one officer describing it as „the worst battle the military has had in a very long time“.
Philippine armed forces and police are conducting the biggest ever operation in an area where Maute also operates.
In the town on the outskirts of Davao, the Maute group said they had found a suicide car bomb in the neighbourhood.
It is the biggest operation by Philippine forces to capture a village or area with as many as 1,500 people who were inside a camp from where they fled last week.
„We have cleared the area, it’s completely peaceful, people are still walking around,“ said Maute spokesman, Alfredo Campos.
„But we are not ruling that out. We are still waiting for instructions on the remaining area.
„I don’t believe that at this stage. If they take full control, they will be able to take everything.“
Another Maute spokesman said about 15 soldiers had surrendered on Friday.
But he stressed it was not clear that the village still held Maute.
Meanwhile, the country’s second-largest rebel group, the Moro National Liberation Front, said it was still holding the village it captured two weeks ago from the Maute group on Monday.
A spokesman룰렛 for the government-controlled Manila-based Moro National Liberation Front said on Monday that his fighters had taken over two towns from the Maute group — Davao and Pampanga — and they were being held togethe구리출장마사지r by troops from the Southern Command.
He refused to reveal the exact number of dead.
Philippine troops have been targeting the Maute group and other radical insurgent groups since a local Muslim rebel commander was gunned down last July.
There has been a large-scale crackdown on the Islamist extremist group, known in the Philippines as Abu Sayyaf, in the areas it runs from Mindanao to the southern border with Malaysia.
Authorities say it has killed more than 5,000 people, driven 2.4 million people out of their homes and taken control of large parts of the nation’s biggest urban area, Manila.
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