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Kasapi ng Maute? 4 foreigners reportedly killed in Marawi City fighting

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At least four foreigners, including two Malaysians, may have been among the 13 suspected members of Maute who were killed during fighting in Marawi City late Thursday, a Malaysian news site reported.

The Star Online cited intelligence sources who identified the Malaysians as Ustaz Abdurahman Asmawi from Kelantan and Dr Kamsa Yahya from Kedah.

It said Indonesian Shei Ayman Marjuki and Saudi Arabian Sheikh Ahmad Belfaki were killed in the fighting.

Also, the report said another Malaysian, former Universiti Malaya lecturer Dr Mahmud Ahmad, is believed to be in Marawi City and working with Abu Sayyaf leader Isninon Hapilon.

Marawi is seen as the first city taken by IS-inspired groups in the Southeast Asian region.

Philippine security forces reportedly bombed parts of Marawi Thursday to fight the Maute, which is said to have taken hostages.

President Rodrigo Duterte had declared martial law over Mindanao due to the violence.