A police chief Duterte claimed was beheaded in Marawi siege says he's safe

A police chief Duterte claimed was beheaded in Marawi siege says he's safe

In this photo provided by the Presidential Communications Operations Office, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte listens during a special cabinet meeting in Davao city, southern Philippines, Thursday, May 25, 2017. Duterte declared 60 days of martial law on Tuesday across the southern third of the nation, an area that includes Marawi but extends well beyond it. ISIS-linked militants launched a violent siege in Marawi that sent thousands of people fleeing for their lives and raised fears of extremists gaining traction in the country. Presidential Communications Operations Office via AP

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 6:05 p.m.) — A Mindanao police chief said he is safe after President Rodrigo Duterte announced earlier that he had been beheaded.

Duterte said Wednesday that militants who have laid siege to Marawi City had decapitated the police chief of Malabang.

READ: Marawi crisis: What we know so far

Malabang Police chief Romeo Enriquez told The Associated Press on Friday that he is fine. He added that there might have been confusion because his predecessor in Malabang, a town near Marawi, was killed in the fighting on Tuesday, although he was not beheaded.

According to Enriquez, the former chief was fatally shot in a clash with the extremists on Tuesday outside a Marawi hospital.

The city of Marawi has been wracked by violence since Tuesday night, when militants swept through the city.  — with reports from AP

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