AFP death toll now at 85 in Marawi; DND chief cites many injuries

MARAWI CITY — The military’s death toll has climbed to 85 with the death of another soldier, as the fighting here entered its 45th day, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana saidon Thursday.

Lorenzana did not provide additional details but said that the military also suffered “many injuries” as the fight against the Maute group and its allies dragged on.

But he said the fighting has started to wane and might be over soon.

However, he clarified that only ground commanders could say when the city would be totally cleared of the terrorists.

Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, the Armed Forces spokesperson, said the number of slain terrorists rose to 351 as ofWednesdayevening.

He …

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