Airstrikes launched on Maute positions in Marawi
The military launched surgical airstrikes.
Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokesperson of Western Mindanao Command.
Philippine Air Force MG520 attack helicopters were used in the airstrikes.
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — The military launched surgical airstrikes on selected targets where the Maute militants were holed out in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur on Thursday.
The airstrikes were followed by surgical operations by elite forces from the Special Operations Command.
Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokesperson of Western Mindanao Command, did not specify the targets of the airstrikes nor the aircraft used, but said they were launched against areas where Maute militants were holed up.
According to reports from the ground, Philippine Air Force MG520 attack helicopters were used in the airstrikes.
Petinglay said the air attack was launched after troops made sure there were no civilians left in the target area.
"The surgical airstrike was conducted to avoid any collateral damage," Petinglay said.
She said surgical ground assaults had also been ongoing in other places in the city where the Maute militants were hiding.