Gov’t troopers killed in ongoing Marawi City crisis now at 105

MANILA- As of Saturday afternoon, the number of military personnel killed in the ongoing efforts to clear Marawi City of remaining Maute Group terrorists has been placed at 105.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo confirmed this in a message on Saturday.

The death toll was as of 2 p.m. Saturday.

Meanwhile the Maute Group terrorists killed in the fighting, which is now on its 61st day, was placed at 428 also as of 2 p.m. Saturday.

The lawless elements executed 45 civilians while government troopers recovered 526 Maute weapons and rescued 1,723 hostages.

Fighting in Marawi City started last May 23 when goverment troops tried to arrest Abu Sayyaf leader and ISIS "emir" in Southeast Asia, Isnilon Hapilon.

Source: Philippines News Agency