Civil­ians found dead as troops bat­tle mil­i­tants

Toronto Star - - WORLD - Star wire ser­vices

Philip­pine forces found corpses in the streets of a be­sieged south­ern city on Sun­day, in­clud­ing at least eight civil­ians who ap­peared to have been ex­e­cuted, as sol­diers bat­tled a weak­ened but still force­ful group of mil­i­tants linked to Daesh. The death toll from six days of fight­ing neared 100, most of them mil­i­tants or sol­diers. The cri­sis in Marawi, home to some 200,000 peo­ple, has wors­ened as the mil­i­tants show un­ex­pected strength, fend­ing off a mil­i­tary that has un­leashed at­tack he­li­copters, ar­moured ve­hi­cles and scores of sol­diers.

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