GOVERNMENT troops recovered six more bodies of Maute fighters during retrieval operation in the war-torn Marawi City, a military official said Thursday.
Joint Task Group Lanao deputy commander Colonel Romeo Brawner said the total body count of killed terrorists in Marawi went up to 759.
However, he said they are expecting to recover more bodies of killed bandits once the main battle field is cleared and retrieval operations begin.
Earlier, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of the Public Affairs Office Edgard Arevalo said several members of the Islamic State inspired group are still holed in at least five to seven hectares which are being subjected to clearing operations.
He said troops are being more careful in conducting operations to end the war considering the lives of the hostages.
He said 26 Maute hostages remain in Marawi following the successful rescue of 17 people on Wednesday, October 4.
On the other hand, 155 government troops were killed since the start of the battles on May 23. (SunStar Philippines)