@Regrann from @army_anons - Philippine #PresidentRodrigoDuterte declared the country's south under #martiallaw for 60 days and cut short a visit to #Moscow on Tuesday after #Muslimextremists allied with the #IslamicState group laid siege to a southern city.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told a news conference in Moscow that martial law took effect Tuesday evening in the southern region of Mindanao "on the grounds of existence of rebellion." Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said troops raided the hideout of a top #terrorist suspect in southern #Marawi city on Tuesday, sparking a gunbattle that prompted the militants to call for reinforcements from an allied group, the Maute. He said dozens of gunmen occupied city hall, a hospital and a jail and burned a #Catholicchurch, a jail, a college and some houses in a bold attack that killed at least two soldiers and a police officer and wounded 12 others.
Several militants were killed in the fighting in Marawi city in Lanao del Sur province, about 830 kilometers (520 miles) south of Manila, but others continued to lay siege to the largely Muslim city of more than 200,000 people, officials said, adding that power was cut in the city in a chaotic scene. "The whole of Marawi city is blacked out, there is no light, and there are Maute snipers all around," Lorenzana said in the news conference in Moscow, which was broadcast live in the #Philippines.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said he informed his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, of Duterte's decision to fly home early to deal with the crisis. Cayetano said he would stay behind in Moscow, where a number of agreements are to be signed between the governments.
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