MANILA — An estimated 300 civilians are still trapped in areas held by Maute Group in Marawi City where fighting is now on its 51st day.
This was disclosed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, citing reports of the Marawi City local government.
“There are estimates (of) about 300 or more who are still unaccounted for,” he said.
The unaccounted civilians include residents who are still hiding in their homes or missing persons who may be hostages of the terrorists, he added.
Padilla said they are looking at the possibility of recovering or seeing additional remains of civilians killed by the Maute Group terrorists once they overrun the last remaining positions of the lawless elements.
“As of now, we have not gone into the interiors of previously held enemy areas and once we do that we may get the surprise of our lives and find numbers of cadavers left who have been killed by the enemy,” he said.
Latest figures of casualties from the Maute Group are placed at 381, civilians at 39 and government troops, 90.
Seized Maute Group firearms are placed at 461 and rescued civilians at 1,723. Priam Nepomuceno/PNA-northboundasia.com