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1 dead, 13 wounded in military raid to get Hapilon


A soldier was killed while 13 others were wounded in an operation to get Abu Sayyaf and now Maute-ISIS leader Isnilon Hapilon in Marawi City.

In his report on "24 Oras" on Monday, GMA News' Jun Veneracion said a mosque inside the main battle area was the target of government troops in their operation staged before dawn.

Based on intelligence information, Hapilon, who led the attack in Marawi and alleged leader of ISIS in Southeast Asia, was hiding in the mosque.

The intense fighting lasted until the morning, according to different sources of GMA News.

Military officials believe that Hapilon and the 10 other foreign fighters with him will not surrender amid several military offensives.

The incident raised the number of fatalities on the part of government to 152 while 695 have been killed on the part of Maute.

The report said the AFP will be sending 60 to 80 more troops in Marawi to ensure that Maute will not be able to go out of the city and prevent their supporters from helping them. —Amita Legaspi/JST, GMA News