According to a Philippines politician, Zia Alonto Adiong, residents fleeing Marawi City said they have seen hundreds of dead bodies on the front lines as they fled the city. According to the politician, at least 100 bodies were seen at the entrances to Marawi City.
“Dead bodies, at least 100, are scattered around the encounter area,” Adiong said.
From its side, the Philippine Army said it could not confirm or deny these reports.
Philippines military sources said at least 290 people have been killed in more than three weeks of clashes, including 206 extremists, 58 soldiers and 26 civilians.
Last week ISIS published a video from Marawi showing its fighters executing civilians in the city. This means that reports of massacres are often true.
Yesterday, ISIS claimed the killing of five Philippines soldiers by sniper fire in Mabandi district in Marawi City, moreover they claimed killing three other soldiers during clashes in Moncado district.
Spokesman for the Philippine Army, Jo-Ar Herrera, announced that ISIS commander Mohammad Noaim Maute was arrested in Cagayan de Oro City, 100 km north of Marawi, stressing that the Philippine Army is working to end the battle and liberate the city as soon as possible.