Philippine airstrike kills 11 soldiers in ‘friendly fire’

Filipino government troops conduct patrol on a reclaimed former Maute stronghold in Marawi City, Mindanao Island, southern Philippines, 30 May 2017, as fighting between Islamist militants and government forces continues. 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 the southern city.

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

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

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