Manila kills own troops in attack
MANILA: In a case of apparent “friendly fire”, Philippine military airstrikes aimed at Islamist militants “Maute” in the southern city of Marawi killed 11 soldiers and wounded seven others, defence and military officials said yesterday.
Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla told a news conference the soldiers were killed and wounded by a rocket bomb fired by an SF-260 attack plane around noon on Wednesday.
“One of our SF-260 aircraft was conducting an airstrike (when) the last ordnance round it fired went wayward for an unknown reason and accidentally hit and caused (loss) of lives of our ground forces,” Padilla said.
“This is a case of friendly fire; it was an accident,” Padilla added.
Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said yesterday: “Maybe the co-ordination was not properly done so we hit our own people. We don’t know yet what exactly happened.” – Xinhua