An eye for an eye in Marawi
MARAWI - There is a raging, deadly battle between government troops and ISIS-inspired Maute snipers amid the rubble from buildings damaged or destroyed by the month-long fighting here.
Army snipers shuffle between ruined buildings and collapsed structures, always on the lookout for rebel snipers who appear to have mastered the art of urban warfare.
“We look at every bullet hole in the buildings. Are the holes man-made? Is there a sniper hiding behind these holes,” an Army sniper said.
One of the recent victims of the Maute snipers is Marine Sgt. Brian Tamboon, who was shot while running with fellow Marines inside the conflict area in Marawi.
But Army and Marine snipers are settling the score.
One Army sniper said he shot and presumably killed a sniper who was riding a motorcycle on one of Marawi’s empty streets.
“He just fell from the bike and never got up from the ground,” he said.
As the fighting prolongs and Islamist fighters dig deeper in the labyrinth that is Marawi City, the cat-and-mouse game between combatants on both sides becomes even more dangerous and risky.
An Army sniper reloads his Barrett .50 caliber rifle after firing at ISIS-Maute gunmen from his position in Marawi City. Froilan Gallardo, ABS-CBN News
An Army sniper scans the area for ISIS-Maute gunmen somewhere in Marawi City. Froilan Gallardo, ABS-CBN News
An Army sniper lies in prone position as he scans his target from a position in Marawi City. Froilan Gallardo, ABS-CBN News
An Army spotter peers through his monocular scope at ISIS-Maute positions in Marawi City. Froilan Gallrdo, ABS-CBN News
An Army sniper lies in a prone position as he gets ready to fire at the enemy in Marawi City. Froilan Gallardo, ABS-CBN News
An Army sniper lies in prone position as he gets ready to fire at the enemy in Marawi City.Froilan Gallardo, ABS-CBN News