Secretary of National Defence for the Philippines Delfin Lorenzana declared an official end to fighting in the southern Marawi city.

After 150 days of Filipino forces launching their operation to end the reign of the terrorists, the numbers of militants killed are said to be near 1,000, along with 162 government forces.

Officials tell AP Filipino troops found about 40 bodies of suspected gunmen where militants made the final stand in Marawi.

During this siege, nearby town residents were forced to flee with an estimated 350,000 having to abandon their homes.

During the final battle in Marawi on Monday, there were only 30-40 terrorists remaining.

They were holding 20 civilians hostage at the time. Over the five month period there are said to have been 1,600 hostages taken.


Article syndicated from BMN. 

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Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a journalism student at the University of Guelph-Humber and a senior correspondent for multiple independent publications including, but not limited to, The Anon Journal, Berning Media Network and the Ribbon. Find out more at eliridder.ca

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