Civilians executed in Marawi

Government soldiers advance their positions in Marawi City, Philippines, on May 28, 2017.
Government soldiers advance their positions in Marawi City, Philippines, on May 28, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

MARAWI CITY • Civilians have been confirmed killed in the militant siege of the Philippine city of Marawi, after eight bodies were found by the roadside on the outskirts of the city.

Most were executed with shots to the head, and some had their hands tied behind their backs. Another 2,000 civilians are feared to be still trapped in militant-controlled areas, unable to flee the battles between the Philippine military and Islamic State in Iraq and Syria-linked Maute rebels that entered the sixth day.

Ground troops continued to pound the rebels with artillery as helicopters unloaded rockets in surgical air strikes aimed at clearing the city and ending the rebellion.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 29, 2017, with the headline 'Civilians executed in Marawi'. Print Edition | Subscribe