CAMP SK PENDATUN, Maguindanao — Eight bakery workers were found dead by government forces pursuing terrorists Maute and Abu Sayyaf Group in the outskirts of Marawi City, police and military authorities said on Sunday.
The decomposing remains of eight men were found in a canal beside the road leading to Marawi City at about 6 a.m. Sunday, a police report received by police regional office for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PNP-ARMM) here showed.
Police and military forces have been conducting house-to-house clearing operations and aerial strikes to clear the city of Maute and Abu Sayyaf fighting groups who terrorized the city on May 23.
“The all-male victims’ hands were tied with rope and had bullet wounds,” a report from Lanao del Sur provincial police office said.
The identities of the victims were not immediately available as of posting but they were identified by residents as “bakery workers.”
On Saturday, the Western Mindanao command, in a statement, said there is no civilian casualty in air strikes in Marawi City.
Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Westmincom chief, said the aerial strikes were surgical and receive precise information from ground troops before launching air to ground strikes.
Government forces have been pursuing about 50 heavily armed terrorists who attacked the city to raise ISIS flags. Edwin Fernandez/PNA-northboundasia.com