Philippines military: School captured by Islamist militants set free

20.06.2017, Philippines.

The militants, who captured the school and took schoolchildren hostage in the South of Philippines on June 20, were forced to withdraw after the skirmish with the military, Reuters reported on June 21.

“It’s already resolved. They’ve withdrawn, they are no longer there. The school area is again safe,” Brigadier General Restituto Padilla told journalists. No casualties were reported.

President of Philippines Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the southern province of Mindanao once government troops started military actions against radical Islamists from terrorist organizations of Abu Sayyaf and Maute (organizations banned in Russia), who support ISIL (organization banned in Russia). According to authorities, martial law may last for a year. Marawi City is the main place of fighting in the Philippines. About 120 militants were eliminated during the hostilities.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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