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Philippines defense minister declares end to fighting in southern Marawi city

After 150 days of the Philippines forces launching their operations to end the reign of the terrorists. The n numbers of militants killed is said to be near 1,000, along with 162 government forces.

Officials tell AP Philippine troops found about 40 bodies of suspected gunmen where militants made final stand in Marawi. During this siege, near by town residents were forced to flee with an estimated 350,000 having to abandon their homes.

During the final battle in Marawi on Monday, their were only 30-40 terrorists remaining. They we holding 20 civilians hostage at the time. Over the 5 month period there are said to have been 1,600 hostages taken.

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