Philippines: 11 soldiers killed in misdirected air raid

Friday, 2 June 2017

At least 11 Philippine soldiers were killed by “friendly” fire in a government air raid during efforts to take back a southern city occupied by fighters, the defence minister said, promising an investigation into the incident.

Seven other soldiers were wounded on Wednesday when two air force SF-260 close air support planes dropped bombs on a target in the heart of Marawi City, Delfin Lorenzana told reporters on Thursday. The first plane hit the target but the second missed.