MANILA - Malacañang on Thursday expressed its "deepest condolences" to the families of two soldiers killed in Wednesday's "air strike accident" while pursuing Islamic State-inspired extremists in Marawi City.
"On behalf of the President, we wish to express our deepest condolences to the families of the two soldiers who were killed in yesterday’s air strike accident while fighting Maute rebel remnants," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
"We are saddened by this unfortunate incident, and a team has been created to investigate the circumstances that led to this tragedy," he said.
"These fallen men in uniform laid down their lives for duty, flag and country. Government will remember their heroism and will provide the necessary assistance to their bereaved families," he added.
Apart from the two fatalities, 11 other soldiers sustained "minor shrapnel wounds" but are able to walk and are in recovery.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines said the bomb drop around noon Wednesday, part of state offensives to flush out Maute terrorists from the Islamic city, was 250 meters short of its target.
This was the second time a government attack killed its own troopers.
Eleven soldiers were killed on June 1 after the military accidentally hit its own men in another botched air strike.
Firefights in Marawi is into its second month, with at least more than 500 killed and more than 300,000 driven out of the city and nearby towns.