Philippines says 500 militants involved in siege

At least 10 Filipino soldiers were killed and 8 others were wounded after government forces mistakenly launched the bomb, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Thursday.

The plane was dropping the bomb on Islamic extremists who have laid a long siege in a southern city of the country, the military on Thursday said.

One of these include tactical air strikes and contrary to what the U.S. military would present in their press conferences covered around the world, it is anything but "surgical", at least to those troops in the ground who make it possible for the Air Force to successfully carry out their bombing runs.

Lorenzana said the military might suspend air strikes, describing the rebels as a small force that "cannot hold that long".

"The risk involved in being a soldier, being an airman, being a sailor, being a marine is very much in the heart of every soldier", he said.

Lorenzana said this included two Malaysians, two Indonesians, two Saudi Arabians, a Yemeni and a Chechen - adding "there could be more" slain foreign terrorists that authorities have not yet identified.

Air strikes will not be halted over the incident, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Brig.

However Padilla warned of more intense battles ahead, with the military believing three of the militants' main leaders were likely still in the city.

Since the Philippine government lost control of the city, at least 39 soldiers, 19 civilians and some 120 militants, several of whom were foreign fighters, have been killed in the fighting there, according to the news service.

Militants who are said to be loyal to the Islamic State are on the target of the security forces since May 23 in Marawi where around 200,000 residents have fled, but about 2,000 civilians are trapped in the areas where the militants have hegemony. Snipers and buildings that obstructed cannon fire were making it hard for troops to end the siege, said Lorenzana, who had wanted to end the crisis by Friday.

The military was carrying out air strikes on locations where it believes Isnilon Hapilon, the so-called "emir" of Islamic State, and point man for its operations in the Philippines, is hiding.

The minister raised the possibility of limiting airstrikes if government troops converge within cities controlled by militants.

He said the corridor will be implemented by the government and the main separatist group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has signed a peace agreement in exchange for Muslim autonomy in Mindanao, the southern third of the Philippines where a Muslim rebellion has raged for decades.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declares martial law on the island of Mindanao after deadly clashes between militants and troops.

Twenty-one members of the security forces had also died, Padilla said, bringing the combined death toll to 129. Philippines officials said he was likely still in the city, pointing to the ferocity of ongoing resistance from the Maute fighters.

The fighters' support network in Marawi remains unclear, though the power of one militant group - the Mautes - has grown in recent years.

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