Mil­i­tary: 411 mil­i­tants killed in Marawi con­flict

Tempo - - News - (Fran­cis T. Wake­feld)

The Armed Forces of the Philip­pines said yes­ter­day that 411 Maute Group mem­bers have been killed in the on­go­ing con­flict in Marawi City.

In a press brief­ing in Camp Aguinaldo, Que­zon City, AFP Pub­lic Af­fairs Of­fice chief Marine Col. Edgard Arevalo said 97 se­cu­rity forces have been killed while 852 sol­diers and po­lice­men were wounded in Marawi. One sol­dier re­mains miss­ing.

Arevalo said the 852 se­cu­rity forces were wounded in the course of the fight­ing and more than half of them have re­turned to the bat­tle­field.

“Iyung 852 na iyun, mahigit sa kala­hati niyan nan­durun na sa ano, nan­dun na sa, bu­ma­lik na sa front­line. At saka bini­bi­lang natin kahit tamaan ka lang ng splin­ter, tamaan ka ng shrap­nel. Ini-in­clude na natin as bat­tle ca­su­alty,” Arevalo said.

“Ga­nun ang pag­bibi­lang natin kaya meron tay­ong ga­nung karam­ing bi­lang but the point is hindi na­man la­hat ’yun seryoso,” Arevalo said.

Mean­while, De­fense Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana has de­nied claims by hu­man rights groups that mas­sive hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions have been com­mit­ted by govern­ment forces in Min­danao.

Loren­zana en­cour­aged the al­leged vic­tims of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions and the hu­man rights groups to present ev­i­dence and file charges in court.

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