|Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)|
MANILA, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- At least three more soldiers have been killed and 52 others wounded in the fight between government forces and rebels in the southern Philippine city of Marawi, where 30 to 40 pro-ISIS militants still hold out, a local radio report said on Friday.
Quoting military spokesman Jo-ann Petinglay, radio DZBB reported that that soldiers were killed on Thursday. "The soldiers sustained wounds from exploding improvised explosive devices (IEDs)," it said.
In a separate interview, the military also said a final plan to crush holdover Maute militants in Marawi City is in place and will be implemented soon.
Col. Romeo Brawner, the deputy commander of the Joint Task Force Marawi, said the government security forces are extremely careful in implementing the "final push" to completely crush the extremists that pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
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