Marawi airstrike misses target, kills two soldiers

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Debris from buildings hit by the government airstrike fell onto two military men, killing them. (FILE PHOTO)

(CNN Philippines, July 12) — Two soldiers were killed in Marawi City at noon of Wednesday, a military official said.

The airstrike reportedly missed its target by 250 meters and caused nearby buildings to collapse. Debris hit two military personnel, killing them.

Eleven others suffered minor shrapnel wounds.

"We are saddened by this unfortunate incident. We are attending to the needs of the families of our troops who died or were hurt," Joint Task Force Marawi spokesperson Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera said in a statement.

"Cognizant units from the AFP have formed a group that is now conducting initial investigations to determine the cause of the mishap and prevent the chances of it re-occuring," he added.

Herrera said an investigation is under way.

Last May 31, ten Army soldiers were killed also by a botched airstrike.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana previously said the military may limit its use of airstrikes following the so-called "friendly fire" incident.

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