The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte declared the full liberation of Marawi city from fighters loyal to the banned in Russia organization “Islamic state” (IG). About it reports CNN TV channel.
It is noted that the military operation in the city would continue until his full sweep of the extremists. According to local authorities, it is a “matter of days”.
On 16 October, the defense Ministry of the Philippines said that in Marawi killed the leader of a cell of the terrorist group in Southeast Asia Isnilon Hpilo. It has destroyed the founder of the extremist group “the Mouth” Omar the Mouth.
Philippines are at war with jihadists on its territory. The battle for the city Marawi commenced on 23 may 2017 after the city was captured by militants. According to official data, during the fighting killed a total of 163 soldiers, 47 civilians and 844 Thriller.