Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Duterte declares martial law in Philippines amid terror clashes

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on Tuesday declared a partial state of martial law in the Pacific island nation after two soldiers and a police officer were killed in clashes with terror insurgents.

Duterte made the declaration for the island of Mindanao, in the nation's south.

Troops and police officers were engaged in fights with pro-Islamic State Maute insurgents on Tuesday in Marawi City, the Philippine army said. The scene of the firefight was near police headquarters and the campus of Mindanao State University, officials said.

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