LOOK: How war changed Marawi City


Posted at Nov 03 2017 12:10 PM | Updated as of Nov 03 2017 12:17 PM

Marawi City, once the center of trade and culture in southern Philippines, has been reduced to ruins after government troops battled Islamic State-inspired extremists for 5 months.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi on Oct. 23, and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said combat operations were over several days later after the last group of the Maute fighters were killed.

The government is preparing to rebuild the city after the conflict that displaced more than 200,000 residents and left at least 1,100 killed, most of them terrorists.

Here is a look at how one of the longest urban wars in the country changed Marawi City.

Gomisa Avenue (formerly Quezon Avenue) in Brgy. Datu sa Dansalan in 2010 (top) and 2017 (bottom). Photos from Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News
Bato Mosque in Marawi from 2010 (left) and 2017 (right). Photos from Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News