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9 soldiers killed in Marawi as gunmen lobbed hand grenades – Army

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In this July 12, 2017 file photo, the Philippine Amy and the Philippine Marines join forces as they assault the terrorists’ position in Mapandi, Marawi City. (PHOTO BY RICHEL V. UMEL / INQUIRER MINDANAO)

ILIGAN CITY — Nine soldiers were killed while 49 others were wounded  in a firefight with Islamic State-inspired terrorists in Marawi City on Friday (July 21).

Lt. Gen. Carlito  Galvez, chief of the Western Mindanao Command, told reporters Sunday that the terrorists went nearer to the operating troops and lobbed hand  grenades.

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Some of the soldiers were wounded in Friday’s fighting.

Galvez refused to comment when asked if the attack also involved a car bomb, saying it was an “operational matter.”

Abdullah Maute, one of the leaders of the terror group, earlier warned of more attacks in Marawi and Iligan Cities.  SFM

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