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IN PHOTOS: Marawi's liberation

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 18 2017 04:13 AM | Updated as of Oct 18 2017 04:35 AM

Exactly 150 days after the Maute terrorist forces laid siege to Marawi City, President Duterte declared the city liberated from the ISIS-influenced fighters after two of its top leaders fell to soldiers' bullets.

Photos of bloodied remains of Abu Sayyaf leader and ISIS Southeast Asia "emir" Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute, one of three Maute brothers who led the Marawi attack, were exhibited by military leaders and plastered all over social media on Monday.

It signaled the end for the Maute forces in Marawi that initially numbered over 1,000. 

The military said there are now fewer than two dozen gunmen within a pocket of the city holding an almost equal number of hostages. But their number is not enough to reverse their fall. 

All in all, there are 822 dead militants accounted for, 162 government forces killed and 47 civilians killed.

The cost of the liberation is a city in ruins. Five months of airstrikes, artillery pounding, and ground assault powdered Maute strongholds in an effort to flush them out and what is left is not even a skeleton of what Marawi City once was.

"I hereby declare Marawi City liberated from the terrorist influence that marks the beginning of rehabilitation of Marawi," Duterte declared on national TV.

Now, the battle to revive Marawi has just begun.

Soldiers walk down a street in Banggolo District, Marawi City on Tuesday, after President Duterte declared Marawi City's liberation from ISIS-influenced Maute forces. Manman Dejeto, ABS-CBN News

Military vehicles roll amid heavily damaged structures in Banggolo District, Marawi City on Tuesday after President Duterte's declaration of liberation. Manman Dejeto, ABS-CBN News

President Duterte addresses troops inside Jamiatul Philippine Al-Islamia in Banggolo District, Marawi City on Tuesday, declaring the end of the battle in Marawi City. Manman Dejeto, ABS-CBN News

President Duterte leads the ceremonial flag-raising inside the Jamiatul Philippine Al-Islamia in Banggolo District, Marawi City on Tuesday after declaring Marawi City's liberation. Manman Dejeto, ABS-CBN News

A V-150 armored vehicle rumbles across the street in Banggolo District, Marawi City on Tuesday after President Duterte declared Marawi City's liberation. Manman Dejeto, ABS-CBN News

Heavily damaged structures in Banggolo District, just one of the districts in the main battle area (MBA) in Marawi City, after President Duterte declaration of liberation on Tuesday. Manman Dejeto, ABS-CBN News

Soldiers walk down a street in Banggolo District, Marawi City on Tuesday after President Rodrigo Duterte declared Marawi City liberated from the Maute forces that laid siege to the city for 5 months. Manman Dejeto, ABS-CBN News