IN PHOTOS: Explosions, fire, trapped residents on Day 3 of Marawi siege

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ASSAULT. Government troops prepare to flush Maute Group members out of Marawi on Wednesday, May 25, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Loud explosions and a fire started the day Thursday, May 25, as the military begins clearing operations

MANILA, Philippines (May 26, 2017) — Firefight resumed between government troops and members of the terrorist Maute Group in Marawi City on Thursday, May 25.

Loud explosions and a fire started the day as the military began clearing operations, and residents were told to stay indoors.

“As troops go on street-by-street clearing, civilians should stay at their homes,” said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in a text message.

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AERIAL SUPPORT. A chopper flies out of a military camp as fighting between troops and the Maute Group rages. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP
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ANOTHER FIRE. Black smoke billows from burning houses near the Lanao del Sur provincial capitol in Marawi. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP
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EXODUS. Residents continue to leave Marawi City. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

More residents are seen on the road with their bags, fleeing the city. Some opted to stay and are asking government for food and water.

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TRAPPED. Residents who can’t or won’t leave Marawi City are asking for food and water from the government. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler
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CLEARING OPERATIONS. Government troops go house to house, street to street, to clear Marawi of terrorists Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler
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GHOST TOWN. A row of closed shops on a street in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Western Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez said the military needs a few more days to clear Marawi City of the presence of terrorist groups.

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MARTIAL LAW. Police special forces inspect vehicles at a checkpoint near the entrance to Marawi. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

The clashes between government troops and the Maute Group, which started on Tuesday, May 23, prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in all of Mindanao.