From InterAksyon (Jul 21): WATCH | Actual combat footage of a rescue mission in Marawi
Screen capture of actual combat rescue footage in Marawi. Courtesy of Joint Task Force Marawi
Actual combat video footage obtained by News5 shows a rescue mission undertaken by elements of the Philippine Army Special Forces to extricate two wounded combat engineers at the Marawi war zone.
The difficult mission ultimately succeeded, requiring the use of smoke grenades to obfuscate the movements of the government troops from snipers of the holdout Maute terrorist group.
The rescued soldiers have been taken to hospital for medical attention.
Three days after the dramatic rescue, government troops recaptured one more nests of the terrorists even as the military continued to apply pressure on the dwindling capability of the Maute Group.
Lt. Col. Jo-Ar Herrera, spokesman of Joint Task Force Marawi, disclosed that another significant milestone was the retaking and complete control of the Mapandi District, including Mapandi Bridge, which used to be an enemy stronghold.