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Philippines: Military airstrike kills 11 soldiers, 7 injured in 'friendly fire'

AP
Published : Jun 1, 2017, 9:39 am IST
Updated : Jun 1, 2017, 9:39 am IST

Military spokesman Brig Gen Restituto Padilla said a Marchetti S-211 jet was on a bombing run over militant positions in Marawi city.

(Photo: Representational/ AP)
 (Photo: Representational/ AP)

Marawi (Philippines): A Philippine military official says an air force airstrike killed 11 soldiers and wounded seven others in "friendly fire" as government forces struggled to rout the remaining Islamic extremists who laid a siege in a southern city for a week.

Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said on Thursday a Marchetti S-211 jet was on a bombing run over militant positions in Marawi city on Wednesday when one bomb hit an army position locked in close-range combat with the extremists.

Padilla says the plane made three successful bombing runs before the wayward bombing happened. He added the military has ordered an investigation.

Tags: extremists, airstrike, marchetti s-211
Location: Philippines, Central Mindanao, Marawi
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