Bodies from Marawi battle area undergo DNA testing

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 01 2017 01:13 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police said Sunday that it is doing DNA tests on the bodies recently recovered from Marawi's main battle area to see if leaders of the Maute terrorist group were among them.

The PNP's scene of the crime operatives however said 12 of the 16 recovered remains were charred beyond recognition.

Authorities also said that some of the bodies may be of foreign jihadists who joined the siege of Marawi.

ABS-CBN sources said that some Maute fighters were supposed to surrender Sunday morning, but this did not pan out.

As of posting, gunshots could still be heard in the main battle area of Marawi. -- report from Raffy Sison, ABS-CBN News