In the southern Philippines, the military eliminated nearly 90 militants

© REUTERS / Romeo RanocoПравительственные troops in the city of Marawi in the southern Philippines. 26 may 2017In the southern Philippines, the military eliminated nearly 90 militants© REUTERS / Romeo Ranoco

Armed forces of the Philippines eliminated about 89 militants in clashes between government forces and Islamist militants that raged in the city of Marawi in the South of the country, reports Agence France-Presse.

Earlier it was reported about the elimination of more than 60 militants.

According to the representative of the military, the Philippine army is «very successful» moves to resolve the crisis, which has claimed the lives of 19 civilians and 21 military. However, the Philippine army said that in the city, which continue to control militants, there are still many civilians, and it is expected that the struggle for this territory will be fierce. «Various armed men well guard and protect the 10% of the territory (of the city)», — quotes Agency the statement of the military representative.

Earlier, the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law in the province of Mindanao after fighting between the army and a group that supports a terrorist organization «Islamic state.»* Duterte noted that the military situation in Mindanao in the South may last year.

The population of Marawi city is about 200 thousand people, most of whom left the city. Many fled in Iligan city, located in 38 kilometers from Marawi. Access to Iligan city on Monday was blocked because of concerns about the fact that local residents in the city could get fighters.

* a terrorist organization banned in Russia

In the southern Philippines, the military eliminated nearly 90 militants© RIA Novosti, Infographiste Islamist terrorism

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