Clashes between Philippines security forces and ISIS terrorists are still ongoing in the city of Marawi located on the island of Mindanao.
According to reports, security forces are attempting to regain the western part of the city that was seized by terrorits earlier this week.
Fresh airstrikes were also reported in the city on Friday. The Philippines military started carrying out airstrikes on ISIS targets inside the city on Thursday.
In his report to the Senate, President Rodrigo Duterte has said that ISIS is attempting to esbalish own province in Mindanao.
“These activities constitute not simply a display of force, but a clear attempt to establish the groups’ seat of power in Marawi City for their planned establishment of a Daesh wilayat or province covering the entire Mindanao,” Duterte said.