Watch : Airstrike that Killed 11 Soldiers was an Aquino Fighter Jet



An airstrike by the government mistakenly killed 10 and wounded seven of its soldiers in Marawi City, said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday.
Lorenzana admitted the Air Force airstrike, which was an offensive operation against Maute group members, failed.
He said two trainer jets were positioned to strike on Wednesday, but the second one failed to hit its target and struck members of the 55th Infantry Battalion.
"The first plane dropped the ordnance accurately, pero yung pangalawa sumabalay. Tumama sa tropa natin… There must be some mistake there," he said.
The Defense Department is investigating whether there was miscommunication between the ground commanders and the pilots or the second trainer jet's pilot made an error.
Lorenzana, also the martial law administrator, said airstrikes may be limited in Marawi following the friendly fire incident.
"It will be call of ground commander to air strikes, pero limitahan muna natin," he said.
He said no civilians were harmed in the failed airstrike, while the wounded troops were brought to Cagayan De Oro for medical attention.
Lorenzana added President Rodrigo Duterte was saddened upon hearing the news government troops were killed in its own offensive operation.
"Sometimes mistakes happen. All we can do is make sure it will not happen again," he said.
Duterte declared martial law for the whole island of Mindanao, including Basilan and Sulu on May 23, following the clash in Marawi City between government troops and Maute.
Lorenzana said 500 Maute members, armed men brought by former Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, and local armed groups are fighting the military and police in Marawi City. He said 100 Maute members have been killed, as of Thursday.

Lorenzana expressed sadness over the incident.

"It's sad but sometimes that happens, sometimes in fog of war. Maybe the coordination was not properly done so we hit our own people," he said. 
In an ambush interview, Lorenzana said they do not have yet the details of the incident.

"We are still trying to investigate what happened. We will come up with a report," he said.

He refused to discuss the incident.

"Hindi pa namin alam ang details that's why I'm not going to talk about it," he said.

The plane used to airstrike marawi city was bought under Aquino Administration.
Watch Video Below :
This video is not the actual airstrike ( For Video Reference only )

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