LOOK: Marawi City jail, Dansalan College on fire

Greanne Trisha Mendoza, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 23 2017 10:51 PM | Updated as of May 24 2017 12:51 AM

Marawi City Jail on fire. Courtesy: Corner View of Regional Emergency Assistance Communications Team (REACT)-Marang

MARAWI CITY (UPDATED)– The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday night said Dansalan College and the Marawi City jail are on fire amid government forces' clashes with Maute group terrorists in the city.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in a briefing in Russia, confirmed this and added that the St. Mary’s Church and the Ninoy Aquino School were also torched by the Maute group.

Police Senior Superintendent Rolly Andaya, deputy regional director of the PNP in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), did not provide further details about the fires.

Dansalan College on fire. Photo courtesy of Arsad

The armed clashes were triggered by a military-police operation against Isnalon Hapilon, who is known to lead ISIS efforts in Southeast Asia, the AFP said in a statement.