Two soldiers died when a government air strike went awry on Wednesday, hitting troops instead of Maute members in Marawi City, military officials said.
Col. Edgard Arevalo, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ public affairs office, said the incident will be investigated to determine why the bomb missed its target.
He added that 11 soldiers were injured and have been taken to hospital.
Arevalo said the bomb was 250 meters off target and damaged structures nearby.
“Large debris from heavily reinforced buildings accidentally hit two of our personnel who succumbed to death in the process,” Arevalo said.
“We are saddened by this unfortunate incident. We are attending to the needs of the families of our troops who died or were hurt,” he added.
It was the second time that an air strike hit soldiers.
On May 31, 11 soldiers died and seven others were injured in the attack carried out by an SF260 aircraft. Dempsey Reyes