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ISIS releases video of Philippine hostages

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/30/17, 10:56 am

A Catholic priest who was taken hostage by militants in the besieged Philippine town of Marawi has said the militants have more than 200 hostages. In a video published today, Father Teresito Suganob implored Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to withdraw the country’s forces and stop air strikes in exchange for the hostages. Suganob said the militants were holding some 240 “prisoners of war,” including teachers, carpenters, and children.

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Islamic jihadists attack in Philippines and Indonesia on eve of Ramadan

International | The Muslim fasting period begins this evening
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/26/17, 08:51 am

PHILIPPINES: Nine Christians were shot dead at a checkpoint and 14 are being held hostage as violence by Muslim extremist groups erupted in the Mindanao community of Marawi. Here are scenes of the violence (“They dimmed the lights to burn us down”), plus word on some of the hostages.

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ISIS-linked group takes over Philippine city

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/24/17, 11:25 am

An Islamic State-linked extremist group kidnapped a Catholic priest and 13 parishioners during a coordinated attack on a southern city in the Philippines. The unrest began Tuesday when security officials raided the hideout of a terrorist suspect in the southern city of Marawi. The militants called on an allied group for backup and more than 100 fighters stormed the city. They have taken control of the city hall and a hospital, burned down buildings, and killed at least two soldiers and a police officer.

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