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6 hostages killed by Maute for refusing to fight gov’t troop

By: Jeoffrey Maitem - @inquirerdotnetInquirer Mindanao / 04:01 PM July 09, 2017 MARAWI CITY – Islamic State-inspired gunmen have killed at least six hostages in front of other captives after they refused to take up arms and fight government forces, the military said.

In this photo taken on June 29, 2017,  remains of unidentified people were found in areas of Marawi where fighting has stopped. (Photo taken by Zia Adiong, Lanao del Sur crisis management spokesperson)

Lt. Col. Christopher Tampus, commander of  the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry Battalion, told reporters that the information about the execution was relayed by three hostages who escaped from their captors in the war zone.

“That’s what the gunmen inside are doing. They are forcing their hostages to take up arms against our troops,” Tampus said.


“We talked to three hostages, and that’s what they relayed to us,” he added.

The military official said the hostages were firing their guns toward patrolling troops in Lake Lanao.

“They were forced to do that. Six of the hostages were shot and killed in front of them that’s why they can’t do anything but follow the orders given to them,” he said.

Tampus’ team was tasked to secure the city hall, just 250 meters away from the main battle zone.

“The enemy’s resistance continues, but they have no more automatic fire… The resistance usually comes from snipers with grenade launcher fires,” he said.

Around 300 civilians and hostages are still in the war zone, according to Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, Joint Task Force Marawi spokesman.

He said a total of 1,722 trapped civilians have been rescued by government troops since fighting started on May 23.  SFM/rga

nquirer calls for support for the victims in Marawi City

Responding to appeals for help, the Philippine Daily Inquirer is extending its relief to victims of the attacks in Marawi City

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