According to the Philippine military, ISIS fighters executed six hostages in front of other prisoners for refusing to fight the Philippine Army in the city of Marawi.
Lt. Col. Christopher Tampus, commander in the Philippine Army, said three freed hostages confirmed that ISIS was forcing the hostages to fight the Philippine Army.
“They were forced to do that. Six of the hostages were shot and killed in front of them that’s why they can’t do anything but follow the orders given to them,” Tampus added.
According to Tampus, 1722 civilians were rescued by the Philippine Army during its advance in Marawi, and about 300 civilians are still trapped inside the ISIS-held areas in Marawi.
“The enemy’s resistance continues, but they have no more automatic fire… The resistance usually comes from snipers with grenade launcher fires,” he added.
ISIS has claimed that its snipers killed six soldiers from the Philippine Army, including an officer in Lilloud Madia district in Marawi. Dozens of ISIS fighters still control sensitive areas of the city. According to the Philippine government, over 400 people have been killed during the Marawi battle so far, and the Philippine Army is still unable to fully recapture the city.