Marawi fight: 100 militants 'holed up with hostages' in centre of city

The violence happened despite a statement by officials and rebel peace negotiators that they would suspend offensives to allow troops to focus on quelling a bloody siege by Islamic State group-aligned militants that in southern Marawi city. Seized Maute Group firearms are placed at 461 and rescued civilians at 1,723.

"The skeletal remains are believed to be that of six individuals whom the Maute/ASG Sayyaf [Abu Sayyaf Group] executed in the early part of the crisis as shown on the video released by them and posted on the internet", the Joint Task Force Marawi said.

China earlier pledged United States dollars 300 thousand as an initial assistance to rehabilitate the City of Marawi and as a relief assistance aside from the 3,000 rifles that were given to Philippine troops to battle terror in the on-going armed conflict in Marawi City.

"Until such time that we are sure of the cause of one those bombs falling short of target will we then resume the use of that aircraft", Padilla said.

The ensuing blast rocked a nearby building housing friendly troops, tearing large chunks of the structure and hurling it on the sheltering soldiers, killing two and wounding 11 others.

"It's not braggadocio", said Duterte, who has backed troops by visiting their camps, the wounded and attended the wakes of slain soldiers.

Aside from going after the Maute terrorists, the military is still clearing more or less 600 buildings in Marawi City.

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"There are estimates (of) about 300 or more who are still unaccounted for", Padilla said, citing reports of the Marawi City local government.

"Children, as well as hostages are being employed in the firefight".

"But they carry weapons and are involved in the fighting, then it is hard to do more", he added.

"We are saddened by this unfortunate incident".

Two of Asia's leading economies vowed that they want to help the Philippine government rehabilitate battle-torn Marawi City that needs at least Dollars 395 million to heal the economy.

Padilla, the AFP spokesman, said in a news conference the assessment of whether martial law would be extended or lifted would be based on "operational parameters" set since the President declared military rule on May 23 when the Maute men attacked Marawi. As of the latest count, 54 buildings have been cleared.

"I think in 10 to 15 days it'll already be OK", Duterte said of the protracted urban battle with the militants, whose supply of weapons has surprised him.

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