MANILA, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Government troops killed 10 fighters allied with Islamic State (IS) in a fresh clash early Monday in Marawi City in southern Philippines, the military said.
The military said in a statement that the soldiers intercepted the 10 extremists belonging to the Maute terror group on board two motor boats that tried to sneak into the city around 2:30 a.m. local time on Monday.
"A three-hour firefight and pursuit operations immediately ensued between (the) forces and the fleeing terrorists," the statement said.
Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, commander of the Western Mindanao Command, lauded the troops for thwarting another attempt to reinforce the thinning extremist forces fighting the government security forces.
"The recent accomplishment of our ground forces only shows the successful coordination made by our troops and the local government units," Galvez said.
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