Boy, 14, killed as sniper bullet pierces through Marawi mosque

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – A sniper bullet pierced through a wall of a mosque in Marawi City on Friday, June 9, killing a 14-year-old boy praying inside. 

A .50 caliber bullet hit the boy's right ear and killed him instantly, according to the police. It happened at 12:15 pm on Friday. 

The mosque in barangay Datu Saber was very near the headquarters of the 103rd Brigade in Marawi City that has been the target of harassment since government clashes with local terrorist groups started on May 23. 

The boy was a Grade 6 pupil at the Datu Saber Elementary School. 

BULLET HOLE. A sniper's bullet pierces through a wall of a mosque near a military camp in Marawi City.

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

The incident happened on Day 18 of the Marawi crisis. The military and the police continue to clear the area around the camp that is also near the Lanao del Sur provincial capitol.

President Rodrigo Duterte was supposed to visit the camp on Thursday but his trip was cancelled because of foul weather.

Several Cabinet secretaries, top military officers, and media representatives covering the presidential visit were already in the camp when the visit was cancelled last minute. –