Islamic State (ISIS) have marauded Philippines city of Marawi as militants clash with government forces.
Not less than 103 people have died in Marawi on the Southern Islands of Mindanao Philippines, as ISIS-affiliated fighters fight government forces.
The ISIS fighters have taken over the territory as it hoisted it flags and declared martial law.
According to a residence of the city, Chico Usman, he said that masked militants had invaded the city which has a majority of Muslims with a population numbering 200,000 on the 24th of May carrying short assault rifles.
“Everybody was shocked and ran into their houses,” he said, adding they could hear gunfire and fighting until the following morning.
“Black ISIS flags emblazoned in white with the words ‘There is no god but God’ were flying from ‘every corner in the city,’ said Usman, who spoke to CNN from near Saguiaran, a town outside Marawi, where thousands of fleeing residents had taken temporary shelter.”
Emerging photos show long queues of cars packed full with people and belongings, while armored vehicles and tanks drove in the opposite direction.
About 19 civilians, 11 military, and four policemen have lost their lives as at Sunday afternoon during clashes between militants and government forces. The information was revealed by the Armed Forces of Philippines spokesman, it was also confirmed that 61 militants were killed during the fight.
Also reported, are eight persons found dead in a ravine who were thought to be fleeing the city.
Witnesses told CNN Philippines that victims were asked to recite the Muslim prayer and anyone who could not do as told was taken by armed men.
Philippines is predominantly Catholic country, but Mindanao is said to have a large Muslim population