The ISIS murders were especially cowardly because the victims were civilian who were killed while bound.
Most of the reports we get about the Filipino ruler Rodrigo Duterte, are about his policies in his country’s “war on drugs,” not ISIS murders. These stories present him in a mostly negative light as a “strong man” leader who does not honor civil rights. Whether this is true, the Philippines are dealing with more than drug criminals. The island nation is actually fighting ISIS in combat operations. And Christians are being martyred.
ISIS-linked militants reportedly captured nine Christians, tied their hands together and shot them dead in a city in the Philippines.
The Maute group forced the civilians off their truck at a roadside checkpoint in Marawi City on Wednesday and murdered them after they were identified as Christian, local media reported.
Harrowing images show the group lying dead face-down in the grass, amid reports that villagers are afraid to move the bodies because terrorists are still in the area.
One policeman was similarly caught at a checkpoint set up by the militants and beheaded on Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte said.
It comes as 100 US-trained special forces aboard helicopters and armoured tanks battled to retake the besieged southern city from rampaging jihadis.
Soldiers were seen crouched behind armoured vehicles and walls around lunchtime on Thursday, firing volleys of gunshots towards elevated positions occupied by Maute rebels. Smoke could also be seen on the horizon.
Five soldiers and one policemen died in the clashes, while 13 gunmen were killed, according to the military.
Here’s Russia Today’s report on the wider situation: