AFP: 120 people rescued from Maute-held buildings in Marawi


Posted at May 24 2017 11:04 PM

A total of 120 civilians were rescued on Wednesday by government troops from the Maute group in Marawi City, the military said.

Some 78 civilians held captive in the Amai Pakpak Hospital were freed after the military cleared it at around 3 p.m., the Western Mindanao Command said in a statement.

Of the 78 civilians, 8 were patients, 49 were construction workers, and 21 were part of the hospital staff.

The Maute bandit group came to the hospital Tuesday afternoon for medical help for their 2 wounded members, the military said. 

The bandits shot dead a security guard and a policeman before entering the hospital premises. 

Meanwhile, Dansalan College was also declared cleared of the Maute threat as of Wednesday afternoon.

The military rescued 42 teachers trapped in the school, which was torched by the bandits on Tuesday night.

At least 13 Maute group members have been killed in clashes in Marawi City, according to Col. Edgard Arevalo, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office.

Meanwhile, 5 government troopers were killed and 31 others were wounded in clashes in the city.

"We would like to pay tribute to our soldiers who perished and made the ultimate sacrifice while delivering their duty to the nation," said Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr, commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

"I am saddened by this loss, but their story will forever be etched in the pages of history. They will be known as heroes who defended Marawi from the claws of terrorism."