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Cloud of smoke billows as PAF planes continue bombing Maute positions in Marawi

A cloud of smoke was seen billowing from an area in Marawi City during a military air strike on Tuesday morning as government forces continue to flush out holed up Maute group members.

The video above was taken a few kilometers away from the conflict zone.

Reporting from Marawi City, radio dzBB's Allan Gatus said that at past 8 a.m. at least eight bombs have been dropped Philippine Air Force (PAF) planes over an area where Maute group members are believed to be holed up.

Gatus also shared on Twitter footage of four OV-10 Bronco planes of the PAF flying over the city.

Three more PAF planes were involved in the airstrikes.

The military said between 100 and 120 members of the Maute group are still in four villages of the besieged city.

The military said that as of June 25, a total of 290 terrorists have been killed in the ongoing conflict in the city.

A total of 70 soldiers and policemen and 27 civilians have also been killed.

The conflict entered its sixth week on Monday. It started on May 23 with the Maute group's attack, prompting President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao. —ALG/KVD GMA News