LOOK: Military reclaims Masiu Bridge in Marawi

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 22 2017 07:26 PM | Updated as of Sep 22 2017 08:04 PM

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A Philippine flag is raised atop a building across Masiu Bridge.

The military gains control of the Raya Madaya Bridge or Masiu Bridge at around noon Friday.

The military gains control of the Raya Madaya Bridge or Masiu Bridge at around noon Friday.

MANILA - The military on Friday reclaimed another bridge in the main battle area in conflict-stricken Marawi City, where offensives against Islamic State-linked terrorists have been going on for four months.

Military forces gained control of the Raya Madaya Bridge, better known as Masiu Bridge, around noon, a source told ABS-CBN News.

Colonel Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Joint Task Group Ranao, previously said improvised explosive devices still hindered state troops from clearing the city.

He, however, said the terrorists control an area of less than 10 hectares in the city.

The military has yet to release an official statement.

Masiu Bridge is within the vicinity of Agus River and Lanao Lake.

Fighting between state troops and Islamic State-linked terrorists erupted on May 23, prompting at least 200,000 residents to flee. The conflict has left more than 800 dead and much of the once bustling city in ruins. 

On a visit at the conflict zone on Thursday, Duterte said state troops were winding up operations in the city. 

--Report from Raphael Bosano, ABS-CBN News