Slain Maute gunmen buried in Iligan


Posted at Jun 29 2017 10:54 PM

Cemetery workers transfer from a truck coffins with the bodies of alleged Maute group members killed in an ambush after being arrested, in Iligan City on Thursday. Jorge Silva, Reuters

Six Filipinos, four of them militants, were buried in a cemetery outside Marawi on Thursday, as fighting between government troops and Islamist rebels for control of the besieged city continues into its 37th day.

The four militants, two of whom were cousins of the leaders of the militant group Maute, were killed in an ambush on a police convoy that was transporting them to their inquest proceedings on June 10. The remaining two corpses could not be identified, officials said.

Community Affairs Head Antonio Flores said Iligan City could no longer afford to should the cost of burials. "We've run out of budget.... Hopefully others can help us," he said

Some 71 security forces and 299 militants have been killed as well as 246,000 people displaced in the ongoing conflict in Marawi, which erupted after a failed attempt on May 23 to arrest a Filipino militant commander backed by Islamic State's leadership.