Philippines: 11 soldiers killed in ‘friendly fire’

Eleven Philippines soldiers were killed and seven wounded by “friendly” fire in a military air raid during efforts to take back a southern city sieged by fighters, an army official said on Thursday.

Military spokesman Brigade General Restituto Padilla said a fighter jet was on a bombing run over Marawi City on Wednesday when one bomb hit an army position locked in close-range combat with the fighters.

Padilla said the jet made three successful bombing runs before the wayward bombing happened. He added that the military has ordered a probe into the incident.

The Philippine armed forces have been using a combination of ground operations by soldiers and helicopters air raids to try to dislodge rebels linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, who have occupied parts of Marawi City for eight days.

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Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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