Soldiers and helicopters to Philippine city

The Philippine Army has about a hundred soldiers with helicopters to the city of Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao.

Dozens of members of the extremist group Maute have large parts of the city and occupied several buildings on fire, after a failed RAID by security forces in one of their shelters.

Since that action Tuesday night in Marawi at least 21 deaths: seven Government soldiers, thirteen rebels and a civilian. According to religious leaders have rebel Christian inhabitants taken hostage to use them as human shields. The extremist group previously swore allegiance to the terror group Daesh Maute.

President Rodrigo Duterte has proclaimed martial law in Mindanao. An army spokesman said that in Marawi some dozens of "local terrorists" resistance.



The fighting flared again on Thursday night in the geluwde when the army advanced to a bridge that was in the hands of Maute. The army launched two helicopters from which the rebels with machine guns were bombarded. Trucks were ready to fleeing civilians to evacuate.

The Maute are a formidable opponent. Daesh confirmed the ties with the Group Wednesday through his spokeswoman Amaq.



On the fate of the hostages of the rebels, including a priest and a dozen other Christians, nothing was known.

The army has not made a statement that the RAID of Tuesday could anticipate a city war. The operation was designed to apprehend Isnilon Hapilon, a leader of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. According to information from the army is Hapilon is still in the city.

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