Filipino troops find 22 bod­ies of sus­pected mil­i­tants, bombs

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

PHILIP­PINE troops have re­cov­ered 22 bod­ies of sus­pected Mus­lim ex­trem­ists and dozens of home­made bombs from two build­ings that were re­taken in one of the fi­nal govern­ment as­saults to end an Is­lamic State group-in­spired siege in south­ern Marawi city, the mil­i­tary said Wed­nes­day.

The dis­cov­ery of the bod­ies brought the death toll in the siege, which was launched May 23, to more than a thousand peo­ple, in­clud­ing 802 mil­i­tants. The fight­ing has left 160 sol­diers and po­lice­men and 47 civil­ians dead, ac­cord­ing to the mil­i­tary.

Maj. Gen. Resti­tuto Padilla said troops over­came days of mil­i­tant sniper and grenade fire be­fore they took back con­trol of the build­ings Tues­day and found the bod­ies, along with eight ri­fles and “dozens and dozens of im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices.”

An army lieu­tenant who was to get mar­ried soon was killed in the fight­ing to re­take the area, Padilla said.

He said it’s pos­si­ble that some of the lead­ers of the siege, which has dragged on for more than four months, were among the 22 slain men. Po­lice foren­sic ex­perts were try­ing to iden­tify the bod­ies, which

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