MARAWI CITY, Philippines – A member of the Philippine Marines was killed while 13 other soldiers were wounded in an intense firefight with the Maute Group here on Monday, September 26, according to the military.
Twelve Maute Group fighters were also killed, according to Colonel Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Task Group Ranao.
The Marine was killed by an enemy sniper while his wounded comrades were hit by shrapnel from improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
The wounded Marines were brought to a military hospital in Cagayan de Oro.
The military launched its final push to end the war in Marawi City but IEDs have forced the troops to take it slowly. (READ: How an army captain died saving his soldier’s life in Marawi)
Most of the Maute strongholds have fallen into government hands and the battle area is reportedly down to less than 10 hectares. (READ: Marawi generals cross critical bridges in battle area)
But the Maute Group is still holding about 40 hostages, according to the military.