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Philippine troops fight first clash with militants since Marawi battle, six wounded

From Reuters - January 20, 2018

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine troops clashed briefly with pro-Islamic State militants in the volatile south on Saturday, the army said, in their first engagement since the government retook Marawi city in the countrys biggest battle since World War Two.

Army spokesman Major Ronald Suscano said six soldiers were wounded in the encounter.

The clash erupted after government forces encountered about 10 members of the Maute group in a district in Lanao del Sur, a stronghold of the rebel group, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, Suscano said in a statement.

The military in October declared victory over the Maute group, which seized control in the southern city of Marawi on May 23, after killing the remaining militants, including a few foreign fighters.

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