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AFP: 2 soldiers lost legs after tripping on land mines in Marawi

The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Friday said two soldiers lost their legs after stepping on land mines believed to have been planted by the pro-ISIS Maute group in Marawi City.

AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla Jr. during the Mindanao Hour said that no soldier was killed in the past few days.

“Operations, as I have mentioned, are progressing very well, and noting that we have had no one killed in action for the last eight days,” he said.

“Unfortunately, wounded are still suffered and we just had two soldiers who lost their legs because of tripping into IEDs that were left in a building that they were clearing. That is the sad note of what I have for you this morning,” he added.

As of 7 p.m. on August 17, 128 soldiers, 45 civilians, and 573 terrorists have been killed in Marawi. Authorities were able to rescue 1,728 civilians rescued as well as recover 635 firearms, eight improvised explosive devices, and 16 unexploded ordnance since Maute attacked Marawi City on May 23. — Trisha Macas/RSJ, GMA News