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Southeast Asia
BIFF militants flee in school siege
2017-06-25
Militants who stormed a primary school in a southern Philippines town on Wednesday have fled, leaving 31 hostages, including 12 children, unharmed. Military spokesman Restituto Padilla said, "The enemy made a hasty withdrawal, leaving behind 31 hostages, among them 12 youngsters."

Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters raided a school in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato on Wednesday morning. Witnesses about a kilometer from the school said they could hear gunfire.

Earlier, a BIFF spokesman said they had taken civilians to a safe place after a firefight erupted with troops and did not intend to hold them.

Padilla said it was possible the attack was meant to disrupt an ongoing military offensive against a separate group of Maute militants who laid siege to Marawi in Lanao del Sur province.
Posted by:ryuge

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