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Gunmen in Philippines take 14 people on hostages, including priest

AFP
Published : May 24, 2017, 3:47 pm IST
Updated : May 24, 2017, 3:47 pm IST

Islamist militants have threatened to kill the hostages if the government forces unleashed against them are not recalled.

Policemen inspect motorcycle riders at a checkpoint in Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, May, as the Philippine National Police is placed under full alert status following the declaration of martial law in Mindanao southern Philippines. (Photo: AP)
 Policemen inspect motorcycle riders at a checkpoint in Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, May, as the Philippine National Police is placed under full alert status following the declaration of martial law in Mindanao southern Philippines. (Photo: AP)

Manila: Islamist militants battling security forces in a southern Philippine city have taken hostages, including a local priest, the Catholic Church said on Wednesday after President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law to combat the gunmen.

"Father Chito Suganob and others were in the Cathedral of Our Lady Help of Christians when members of the Maute fighting group forced their way into the Cathedral, taking with them Fr. Chito and others as hostages," Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines president archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a statement.

"They have threatened to kill the hostages if the government forces unleashed against them are not recalled."

Tags: islamist militants, hostages, security forces, philippine president rodrigo duterte
Location: Philippines, National Capital Reg, Manila
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