Report of multiple casualties in incident on London Bridge
Report of multiple casualties in incident on London Bridge
The force tweeted a warning telling people in the area to run to safety hide and then call police if it is safe to do
06 June, 2017, 05:36
Duterte has declared martial law across the southern third of the Philippines to deal with the most serious crisis of his year-old presidency.
Almost 1,500 residents have been rescued from neighborhoods at the scenes of clashes, including 179 people who were plucked from danger after troops held their fire for four hours Sunday in a "humanitarian pause" to allow the rescue in specific areas, military spokesman Brig.
Lorenzana said there might have been other foreign fighters killed in the battle.
He said despite the prelate's identification of Suganob, they were still having the video authenticated as it could be another propaganda ploy of the terrorists.
Lieutenant-Colonel Jo-Ar Herrera, spokesman for the government forces fighting them in Marawi city, said Hapilon remained in the area.
He said there were about 500 militants at the start of the unrest and only between 50 and 100 were believed to still be in Marawi. Lorenzana told the bureau, "We have plans to purchase weapons from them..."
Their comments underlined the level of organisation among fighters linked to the Islamic State group, whose ranks of several hundred included foreigners from Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Saudi Arabia, Chechnya and Morocco.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday assured that government forces continue to apply commensurate military power on existing threats and pockets of resistance in Marawi, including the use of airstrike.
Local authorities have repeatedly warned that the trapped residents and hostages are in grave danger of being killed in the air assaults, and yesterday repeated calls for them to end.
"There are 2,000 people who need immediate help (after) 13 days without food".
Mr Roberto Petronio, the chief delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the southern Philippines, said those rescued were mostly men and seemed in fairly good health.
Transport for London said busy London Bridge station and two others were closed at the request of police.
"If it's war, my orders are really are to wipe them out, everyone". "They'll say, for example, that a certain area near my home is under their control".
However he did not comment on the friendly fire deaths.
The AFP also said 1,271 civilians have been rescued.
Only hours before, bursts of gunfire echoed through the streets - likely from armed police - and at least three blasts rang out as officers performed controlled explosions.
The clashes in Marawi erupted when security forces raided a house to arrest Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, regarded as IS's leader in the Philippines.
Major General Carlito Galvez, head of the military command in Western Mindanao region, said as many as 200 fighters from the Maute militant group and others were still inside the town, and had prepared in advance for a long standoff.
In a video that surfaced last June, a Syria-based leader of the group urged followers in the region to join Hapilon if they could not travel to the Middle East. Hapilon was named IS leader in Southeast Asia past year.
British media reported that more than one person had been killed in the rampage.
But small hardline groups, including the Maute and Abu Sayyaf, have refused to negotiate and sought to united behind IS.
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