United States gives Philippines weapons to combat militants

The US government also has a US$5 million bounty on Hapilon's head for the kidnapping and killing of US citizens, as well as a standing bounty of 7.4 million pesos by the Philippine government. He said the Maute group, which was inspired by the Islamic State, is not asking for anything except the peaceful departure of the government troops from the besieged city, the National Catholic Register details.The vast majority of Filipinos are Christian, but Mindanao has a larger proportion of Muslims and Islam is followed by the vast majority in Marawi City."I cannot now tell you how many days more, but we are going to finish this as soon as possible", Lorenzana said.The Malaysians reportedly arrived in Marawi City days before the fighting broke out, suggesting that the Maute and Southeast Asian jihadists were gearing up for a showdown with the Philippine government, with Marawi City as the scene and their object of conquest. "We have asked for the help of Muslim leaders in Marawi, our friends, while the whole Catholic population is gathered in prayer throughout the country".

Mindanao's governor said the militants in Marawi are from three groups - Maute, Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

The government has not yet managed to retake control of the situation.

A Philippine government airstrike mistakenly killed 11 soliders and wounded seven other troops in Marawi City, military and defense officials announced on Thursday, as cited by.

"The rescued residents would have been 182 if not for that incident", Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesman BGen.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao the day after.

"The 38 Indonesians, comprising 37 men and a woman, were allegedly involved in an attack by Islamist militants in Marawi", Setyo said on Friday.

At least 25 soldiers and 19 civilians have also died.

The fighting has left more 170 dead, including at least 20 civilians.

"They have taken part in terrorist activities there". "You are you and I am me and I said, 'if we meet in one corner, so be it, '" he continued.

Hapilon, who had pledged allegiance to IS, escaped but he was believed to be still in Marawi, Brig. "Their aim is to kill other people so that's why it's our responsibility that we have common understanding, consensus and common proceedings on how to fight these foreign fighters".

The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches called on its members "not to view the actions of the Maute Group as normative to Islam".

Eyewitnesses have said that Muslims are fleeing along with Christians and have taught Islamic prayers to Christians to protect them in the event of their capture.

Founded by brothers Omar and Abdullah Maute, the group is known locally as the Islamic State and began with as little as 100 members, Morning Star reported. The gunmen set alight the college on the first day of the fighting, and the teachers said bombs and fires also destroyed numerous houses around the house where they hid.

The clashes erupted on Tuesday last week when gunmen waving black flags of the Islamic State (IS) group rampaged through the mostly Muslim-populated city in response to a military raid on the hideout of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, who has a US$5-million price on his head offered by the USA government.

  • Leroy Wright