25 more bodies recovered in Marawi battle zone

Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 02 2017 03:37 PM

MARAWI - The number of fatalities of war in this lakeside city continues to go up as military troops recovered 25 more bodies in the main battle area in the last 5 days.

The military has yet to identify these bodies that were brought to Capin Funeral Homes in Iligan City for a post-mortem examination on Monday, Day 133 of the Marawi siege.

Meanwhile, several US agents have joined the forensic team of the Philippine National Police as they search for possible cadavers of foreign ISIS fighters or terrorist leaders.

"There was one cadaver among those retrieved, one of them was foreign looking," said Zia Alonto Adiong, spokesman of the Provincial Crisis Management Committee.

Aside from dead bodies, the military has also recovered communication items inside the main battle area, particularly inside a mosque that served as a stronghold of the terrorists.

The items include cellphones, video cameras, radios, chargers, laptops, and binoculars. These will be used as evidence on charges that will be filed against the Maute group, the military said.

As of today, the authorities estimated the total number of fatalities at 951, with 749 coming from the Maute terrorists, 155 from the state troops, and 47 civilians. 

The military has already sought an extension to end the Marawi siege after it failed to meet the deadline yesterday, which was set by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.