Philippines Soldiers Battle Islamic Gunmen on Marawi City Streets

Philippines Soldiers Battle Islamic Gunmen on Marawi City Streets

A group of heavily-armed Islamic militants have reportedly stormed a city in the Philippines and engaged in firefights with the national army.

Residents of Marawi City, in the south of the country, were urged to remain indoors as at least 15 gunmen from a Muslim rebel group called Maute stormed the streets brandishing assault rifles.

Armed men are seen in Marawi City on May 23, 2017.

Armed men are seen in Marawi City on May 23, 2017.

The group, which is also known as the Islamic State of Lanao, have reportedly received support from Isis.

Troops and a special police force were deployed to the city after residents in a nearby village raised the alarm and appealed for help.

Local reports suggested that the militants had entered a local hospital and raised a black Isis flag above the roof, although this information was officially verified by the army. 

An Islamic State flag is seen at Marawi City where fierce fighting between government security forces and the Abu Sayyaf and Maute groups is raging. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

An Islamic State flag is seen at Marawi City where fierce fighting between government security forces and the Abu Sayyaf and Maute groups is raging. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Witnesses reported seeing men in attire similar to that worn by Isis militants walking the streets before firing at houses and government buildings.

 

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