Defense chief: 3 gov't troops killed in Marawi clash

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CNN Philippines Staff

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 24) — The death toll on the part of government forces has risen to three after clashes with the terror Maute group erupted in Marawi City Tuesday afternoon.

In a press briefing in Russia, Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana said there was one fatality from the police and two more from the army.

He advised local residents to stay indoors since power supply was out in the city.

"Yung snipers ng mga ISIS at Maute doon, baka mapagkamalan silang sundalo. Also, the soldiers might also mistake them to be the enemies," Lorenzana said.

[Translation: Snipers from ISIS and Maute are still there. The soldiers might mistake residents for enemies.]

Meanwhile, reports said the number of injured troopers had also risen to 12.

Last night, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Eduardo Año told CNN Philippines that one policeman had been killed while eight other government troopers were wounded in the clash.

READ: AFP chief: 1 cop killed, 8 troopers wounded in Marawi clash

The AFP chief said less than 50 armed men from the Maute group were scattered across the city but the situation has been contained.

He added that goverment forces were in "full control" of the situation.

In a separate statement, AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla had said that sporadic gunfires were still ongoing that time.