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Six more bodies recovered in Marawi's battle front

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MARAWI CITY- Troops have retrieved six more remains in the battle zone, bringing the total number of civilians killed in the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi to 55.

Assemblyman Zia Alonto-Adiong,  spokesperson of the Lanao del Sur crisis management committee,  said the retrieval operation was supposed to be led by the team from the local government and the police's Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) but the intense firefight halted their move.

"The cadavers were already brought to Iligan City, " he said,  noting one of the remains have been identified and the family has been notified.

He said most of the remains recovered in the battle zone are already in the advance stage of decomposition.

"We are encouraging the evacuees who have missing relatives to provide their DNA samples. This is to fast track the process of identification and matching, " he said.

The local government has created centers for families to put the names and other information of their missing relatives.

Personnel from SOCO have also suggested that future retrieval of the remains will be made when the situation will improve.

"Per SOCO the retrieval should be done until the fighting is over. They need to establish other information such the area where the cadavers were found to help determine their identities, " Adiong said

Early this week,  the military also recovered remains of individuals believed to have been executed by the Maute and Abu Sayyaf terrorists groups.

Adiong said they have also received reports that body parts are being eaten by stray dogs in the battle zone. (Darwin Wally Wee)




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