MANILA – Terrorist snipers were captured on camera firing at state troops from atop a mosque in Marawi City Thursday, boosting reports that the extremists have been using the place of worship as camp.
ABS-CBN footage showed snipers from the Maute group perched on the mosque and opening fire on soldiers as plumes of dark smoke billowed in the background.
Gunshots can be heard clattering as security forces fired back.
Thousands of state troops have been battling Islamic State-linked terrorists Marawi since May 23. They have confined the crisis to less than a square kilometer within the lakeside town.
The fighting however intensified anew on Wednesday night as soldiers engaged the rebels in close quarter battle.
ABS-CBN night vision cameras captured the exchange of gunfire that lasted up to the late hours, during which fires broke out and thick smoke engulfed the city.
Military tanks were also seen moving around the old capitol under enemy fire.
As of Wednesday, the battle for Marawi has killed some 700 people, including 539 terrorists and 122 state troops….