Wednesday, 24 May 2017

#ISIS militants behead police chief in Philippines: President Duterte declares state of emergency

Islamist gunmen who took a Catholic priest and churchgoers hostage in the Philippines have beheaded the city's local police chief, President Rodrigo Duterte has said.
Members of the ISIS-inspired Maute Islamist group stormed the Cathedral of Our Lady Help, in Marawi city on Mindanao island, and abducted church staff including Father Chito Suganob and worshipers. 
'They have threatened to kill the hostages if the government forces unleashed against them are not recalled,' Filipino Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a statement. 
President Duterte, who declared martial law in parts of Mindanao after militants clashed with soldiers in Marawi yesterday, says he may extend it to other parts of the country if extremists seek sanctuary elsewhere. 
The fighting in Marawi erupted yesterday when security forces raided a house they believed Isnilon Hapilon, leader of the infamous Abu Sayyaf kidnap gang
'He was not a combatant,' said Archbishop Villegas. 'He was not bearing arms. He was a threat to none. His capture and that of his companions violates every norm of civilised conflict'
But Marawi Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra has refused to confirm reports the terror group took hostages in Marawi
Archbishop Villegas went on to say the extremists took an undisclosed number of hostages to a secret location and the abductees have not been heard from since
Several online posts appeared to show the black and white flag used by ISIS hung from buildings in Marawi
Islamist militancy is not new to the southern Philippines, where a decades-long Muslim separatist insurgency claimed more than 120,000 lives


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