Manila kills own troops in at­tack

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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

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