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ICC Note: Although Philippine military was able to take control of the stronghold of Islamic State-inspired rebels in the southern city of Marawi yesterday, and rebels have withdrawn from police station previously held by them for three months, the whereabouts of Father Teresito Soganub, vicar-general of the Prelature of Marawi and other 40 hostages is still unknown.

08/25/2017 Philippines (UCA News) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visited troops in the southern city of Marawi Aug. 24 a few hours after soldiers took control of the grand mosque, the last stronghold of Islamic State-inspired rebels.

Rebels have also withdrawn from the police station, which they held during three months of fighting, said Col. Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of a military joint task force overseeing operations against the militants.

The local military command said three soldiers were injured in the retaking of the mosque.

Officials were silent about the IS-inspired group’s casualties and the fate of some 40 hostages, including Father Teresito Soganub, vicar-general of the Prelature of Marawi.

A military official, who sought anonymity, told reporters that militants were still around the city’s lake area and had regrouped in structures at the rear of the mosque.

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