The Philippines military has launched airstrikes on the ISIS-held area of Marawi city as the fighting with terrorists is intensifying.
“’Yung ginagawa natin, napaka-precise. Gumagamit tayo ng surgical air strikes (What we used is very precise. We used surgical air strikes),” AFP quoted spokesman for First Infantry Division Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera statement during a televised press briefing in Marawi City on Thursday.
The airstrikes were conducted in the areas of Gadungan, Basak Malutlut and Bangon where from 30 to 40 terrorists were remaining.
He added that the military warned the residents through radio and the local government units to leave their homes before the air force conducted airstrikes.
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According to the military, 7 government soldiers were killed and 31 wounded in the classhes. In turn, 13 terrorists were killed.