AN AUSTRALIAN journalist has been shot in the neck by a stray bullet in the Philippines as he was covering the battle to retake the city from Islamic State.
The ABC journalist has been in the country covering some of the civil unrest in the country.
Adam Harvey, the ABC’s Jakarta correspondent, was in the city of Marawi, on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines, watching the military bombardment of ISIS strongholds.
Despite wearing protective gear, Harvey, son of the late Channel Nine political reporter Peter Harvey, was struck in the neck by a piece of shrapnel and forced to retreat to a medical centre for treatment.
Adam Harvey while being treated
Harvey said he was not seriously injured and would remain in Marawi to continue covering the story but it is understood he needs to have surgery.
As many as 1500 civilians are trapped in the ISIS-held parts of Marawi.
According to a tweet posted by CNN Philippines, Harvey, son of the late Channel Nine political reporter Peter Harvey, was hit by stray bullet on his neck inside Provincial Capitol Compound, Marawi.
He was taken to hospital for treatment. He was not badly injured.
Over the last few days Harvey has been tweeting some of the civil unrest in the nation.
Threat from self-proclaimed ‘ISIS emir of south east Asia’ Hapilon against Iligan city. Army says it’s a ploy to draw troops out of Marawi.
— Adam Harvey (@adharves) June 14, 2017