By Roel Pareño
IS praises Marawi siege
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Maute and Abu Sayyaf militants in Marawi are holed up only in four barangays of the city, contrary to claims by the Islamic State (IS) that the local terror group now has control over almost the entire city, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez said yesterday.
“It only comprises 20 percent of the whole of Marawi City and it’s getting smaller every day,” Galvez said, referring to the four barangays where some 150 to 200 militants and their Abu Sayyaf allies have taken defensive positions.
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