Philippines urges Islamist rebels to surrender as battle enters eighth day

Philippines urges Islamist rebels to surrender as battle enters eighth dayBy Tom Allard MARAWI, Philippines (Reuters) – The Philippine military urged Islamist militants occupying a southern city to turn themselves in on Tuesday, the eighth day of a push by security forces using armored vehicles and firing rockets from helicopters to eliminate the gunmen. The government says it is close to retaking Marawi from the Islamic State-linked Maute group, which seized parts of the city after a failed attempt by security forces to capture¬†Isnilon Hapilon, the militants’ so-called emir of Southeast Asia. Graphic on battle for Marawi: tmsnrt.rs/2qBkSPk “We call on the remaining terrorists to surrender while there is an opportunity,” a military spokesman, Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla, told reporters.



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