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Philippine army says hostage drama resolved
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 12:19
Philippine Marines journey alongside a freeway of their armored personnel carriers (APC) in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on June 20, 2017. Muslim rebels raided a southern Philippine village and positioned themselves in a college as they engaged troops in a gunbattle on June 21, 2017. (Ted Aljibe / Autopresse.eu)
MANILA/KIDAPAWAN, Philippines – A hostage drama that unfolded at a major college within the southern Philippines on Wednesday has been resolved, a army spokesman mentioned, and the Islamist militants who had held folks captive had withdrawn with no experiences of casualties.
“It is already resolved,” Brigadier Basic Restituto Padilla advised reporters. “They’ve withdrawn, they’re now not there. The college space is once more protected.”
Nevertheless, Padilla additionally mentioned the army was investigating whether or not 5 civilians had been nonetheless being held by the militants.
No kids had been taken hostage, he mentioned.
Earlier, a spokesman for the militant group mentioned that they had taken civilians to a protected place after a gunfight erupted with troops and didn’t intend to carry them.
Muslim rebels raided a southern Philippine village and positioned themselves within the college as they engaged troops in a gunbattle early Wednesday.
Officers mentioned the raid is likely to be an try to disrupt the large army offensive in besieged Marawi metropolis.
Police Chief Inspector Realan Mamon advised The Related Press by phone that gunmen from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters raided the village of Malagakit in North Cotabato province at daybreak and engaged authorities forces in a firefight.
Villagers fled to security.
“I obtained a report that the attackers occupied an elementary college but it surely’s undecided whether or not folks had been trapped within the preventing or had been taken hostage,” mentioned Mamon, the police chief of Pigkawayan city, the place Malagakit is situated. The Malagakit college was closed on the time of the assault.
Navy spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla mentioned the gunmen focused a military outpost and a patrol base of pro-government militiamen, who fired again and had been later bolstered by military troops. The attackers apparently had been withdrawing, Padilla mentioned.
He mentioned it was attainable the assault was supposed to disrupt an ongoing army offensive in opposition to a separate group of militants aligned with the Islamic State group who laid siege on Marawi metropolis.
Some commanders of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters have additionally pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group just like the militants preventing in Marawi, which is situated in Lanao del Sur province.
“If it is a diversionary transfer, it is not the primary by these BIFF gunmen,” Padilla mentioned. “They’ve tried to assault greater than as soon as and all have been thwarted.”
Final month, about 500 militants laid siege on Marawi, a mosque-dotted middle of the Islamic religion within the nation’s south, after a failed try by authorities forces to seize a prime militant suspect.
Philippine troops, backed by airstrikes and artillery, launched an offensive to wrest again management of a number of villages and the enterprise district. Not less than 258 militants, 65 troopers and policemen and 26 civilians have been killed within the Marawi preventing.