By Francis T. Wakefield
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Sunday said that 603 Maute terrorists have so far been killed as fighting in Marawi City entered its 97th day.
The AFP Joint Task Force Marawi added that a total of 661 firearms have also been recovered by government forces from the enemy side.
On the other hand, a total of 33 more buildings have been cleared.
One hundered thirty soldiers and police officers, were likewise killed in the protracted fighting.
On Wednesday, government troops scored a major victory when they regained control of the Islamic Center and the Marawi City police station.
In an earlier press briefing in Malacanang, AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said that fighting between government forces and the Maute group is presently contained in two barangays.
He added that based on the recent assessment by AFP Western Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., their best estimate is that the enemy is down to 50 fighters who are still holding around 30 hostages.