Killed in friendly fire

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

MANILA: An air strike on Is­lamist mil­i­tants holed up in the south­ern Philip­pine city of Marawi mis­tak­enly killed two sol­diers and wounded 11 oth­ers yes­ter­day, a mil­i­tary spokesper­son said. This has been the sec­ond ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a mil­i­tary air­craft hit­ting ground troops since the con­flict started in May. The air force’s pub­lic af­fairs chief, Colonel Edgard Arevalo, said a mil­i­tary bomber missed its air strike tar­get around and hit build­ings near the sol­diers’ po­si­tion. Arevalo said: “The bomb was 250m off tar­get. De­bris from heav­ily re­in­forced build­ings hit two of our per­son­nel.”

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