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Islam in the Philippines

September 20, 2013

Via: Jihad Watch

Philippines: 67,000 people driven from their homes as Army battles Islamic jihadists in Zamboanga

The jihadists apparently still have at least 40 hostages. An update on this story. “Muslim guerrillas killed as Filipino army assault frees scores of hostages,” by Bullit Marquez for the Associated Press, September 15 (thanks to David):

Philippine forces have killed or captured nearly 100 of the Muslim guerrillas who have held scores of hostages for a week in the southern city of Zamboanga, as the government pushes ahead with an offensive to retake rebel-held coastal communities.

Army troops and police have regained rebel-held grounds and are pressing an assault deeper into communities in the coastal outskirts of Zamboanga, where more than 100 Moro National Liberation Front guerrillas are holding hostages, military spokesman Lt Col Ramon Zagala said yesterday.

Several hostages have escaped or were freed, but it was unclear how many were still in rebel custody. Zamboanga city Mayor, Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, said the rebels were still holding up to 40 hostages in one community alone.


More here: http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/09/philippines-67000-people-driven-from-their-homes-as-army-battles-islamic-jihadists-in-zamboanga.html

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