Eight bodies of civilians who appeared to be executed were uncovered in a ravine near the besieged city of Marawi, Philippines on Sunday, Reuters reports citing police.
Most of the civilians, believed to be local carpenters, were shot in the head, and some had their hands tied behind their backs. One body had a plaque reading “munafik” (hypocrite) attached.
The bodies of eight other civilians, including three women and one child, were uncovered by the military in a road close to a local university, according to AP, citing army spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla.
The total death toll in the city overrun by Islamist militants linked to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is currently 95, with 61 militants, 19 civilians, 11 soldiers, and four policemen killed in the clashes, the spokesman said. The standoff between IS-linked militants and government military forces in Marawi has entered the sixth day.