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Philippine military retakes Marawi from IS militants

May 30, 2017, 8:01 AM EDT
(Source: Naval Surface Warriors/flickr)
(Source: Naval Surface Warriors/flickr)

The Philippines military, battling a sudden onslaught from militants allied to the so-called Islamic State in Marawi, said on Tuesday that it has regained control of the city with only a few pockets still held by armed elements.

Meanwhile, curfew has been imposed in the neighboring city of Iligan to prevent the conflict from expanding to this part, writes The Guardian.  

More than 100 people, including 19 civilians, have been killed in fierce clashes that erupted after security forces launched an operation to capture a top militant leader in Marawi, notes the BBC.

Some 2,000 civilians are feared to be trapped in the conflict zone, unable to escape because of multiple checkpoints put up by the gunmen, reports Al Jazeera.

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