Monday, July 3, 2017

We killed 10 Maute snipers yesterday – Año

From the Manila Bulletin (Jul 2): We killed 10 Maute snipers yesterday – Año 

The country’s top military general said on Sunday that soldiers are defeating the Maute Group day by day in Marawi City, reporting that 10 enemy snipers have just been killed over the weekend.

A soldier takes aim at militant positions from a rooftop in Marawi City as fierce combat between government troops and Maute Group terrorists continue. (AFP/Noel Celis)
“Just yesterday (Saturday), we killed 10 enemy snipers. Every day, we reduce their numbers but at a cost of really,” said General Eduardo Año, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff.

He said that despite the difficulty of battling pockets of resistance in Marawi, soldiers area painstakingly getting headway with their mission of defeating the enemy.

“There’s a lot of effort of doing this with the safety of the civilians, trapped civilians and minimizing the destruction of properties,” he told The Manila Bulletin.

Año said based on their estimate there are between 120 to 130 Maute fighters still fighting government troops.

In previous interviews, military officials have given a timeline or deadlines in ending the Maute Group’s siege of Marawi City, but this time Año stopped short of doing so.

“Hindi pwedeng mag-impose ng timeline o deadline (We cannot impose any timeline or deadline),” he said.

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