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300 Islamist militants storm Philippines school, take several students hostages

Armed men of Islamic Freedom Fighters stormed a school in Pigcawayan town and held students captive

Neil Jerome Morales & Manolo Serapio Jr 

Pro-Islamic State militants stormed a school in the southern Philippines early on Wednesday and are holding several students hostage, police said, on the same island where fighting between government troops and Islamists has entered its fifth week. A police report said about 300 armed men, among them members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), stormed a school in Pigcawayan town in North Cotabato province on Mindanao island and were holding some students captive. Members of the BIFF were engaged in a gunbattle with the military, Chief Inspector Realan Mamon, ...

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First Published: Wed, June 21 2017. 09:00 IST
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