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Foreigners from at least 5 countries fighting with rebels in southern Philippines - minister
June 1, 2017 / 4:24 AM / 6 months ago

Foreigners from at least 5 countries fighting with rebels in southern Philippines - minister

MANILA (Reuters) - Militants of at least five nationalities were among eight foreigners killed while fighting alongside Islamist militants against government troops in the southern Philippines, Manila’s defence minister said on Thursday.

A Philippine Air Force attack helicopter fires a rocket as they continue to assault the Maute group in Marawi city, Philippines May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told a news conference that fighters who were Saudi, Malaysian, Indonesian, Yemeni and Chechen among the dead found in Marawi City over the past week .

There were eight foreigners killed who were known to be fighting with the rebels, he said.

Reporting by Martin Petty; Editing by Paul Tait

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