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WHAT IT FELT LIKE TO BE INSIDE THE MARAWI DURING THE ATTACKS - NewspaperPH


The Marawi crisis, also known as the Marawi clash and the Battle of Marawi, is an ongoing armed conflict in Marawi, Lanao del Sur, that started on 23 May 2017 between Philippine government security forces and militants of the Maute and Abu Sayyaf Salafi jihadist groups. The Philippine government claims that the clashes began when it launched an offensive in the city to capture Isnilon Hapilon, leader of the Abu Sayyaf, after receiving reports that Hapilon was in the city, possibly to meet with militants of the Maute group. A deadly firefight erupted when Hapilon's forces opened fire on the combined Army and police teams and called for reinforcements from the Maute group, an armed group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and who are believed to be responsible for the 2016 Davao City bombing, according to military spokesmen.

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