Another civilian dies from stray bullet in Marawi

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Updated to include statement from Zia Alonto Adiong.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 7) — One of two civilians hit by stray bullets near the Mindanao State University (MSU) has died, Marawi doctors confirmed on Thursday.

Marvin Ablando and Sandra Arnica Usman were inside a car around 9:50 this morning when a bullet went through the windshied.  Ablando, who was in the passenger seat, was hit first.

The .50 caliber bullet came out of Ablando's head, grazing Usman also in the head.

The two were both Civil Service Commission employees in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

Both were brought to the Amai Pakpak Medical Center where Ablando died.  Doctors said Usman is in stable condition.

The incident comes after another woman was hit in the leg also by a stray bullet near the MSU campus over the weekend. The school is near the town of Marantao, approximately six kilometers away from the war zone in Marawi City.

Zia Alonto Adiong of the Lanao del Sur Provincial Crisis Management Committee said they are working with the military to discuss how to avoid similar incidents. In the meantime, he advised everyone in the MSU campus to stay inside the buildings.

"We need to get an actual assessment because the [main battle area] is... in terms of combat operations, relatively big," said Adiong.

"We just wanted... to know particular and specific coordinates [of] areas [in the main battle area that] would give us an answer... as to why there are still cases of stray bullets hitting residents, civilians and commuters in the controlled areas."

Joint Task Force Marawi Chief Ramiro Rey says the main entrance of the MSU Marawi Campus will be temporarily closed. An alternate route was opened for the safety of students and residents.

This recent incident brings the number of civilian casualties in the Marawi crisis to 46.  Soldiers killed have reached 145, while the Maute group has lost 639 Maute members.  So far, some 1,728 civilians have been rescued.

The war broke out on May 23 when the ISIS-linked Maute Group attacked Marawi. The siege prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law across Mindanao, which Congress extended until December 31 this year.

CNN Philippines' Correspondent Gerg Cahiles contributed to this report.