|Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)|
MANILA, Philippines - If there is a first casualty in the ongoing fighting between government forces and the Islamic State (IS)-inspired Maute group, it is the truth.
“Except for the half truths, the media is on the receiving end of all the lies on what really is happening in Marawi City,” a senior military reporter said, referring to the statement released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The AFP report said only 15 gunmen of the Maute group were involved in the fighting.
However, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that around a hundred Maute gunmen attacked Marawi City.
The fighting in Marawi erupted on Tuesday afternoon after security forces raided a house where they believed a leader of the infamous Abu Sayyaf was hiding.
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