Dozens of hostages, including children, have been freed in a Philippines village after armed terrorists stormed a local school.
The Philippine military has said that all of the 31 residents taken hostages early on Wednesday by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in southern Philippines had been freed.
Captain Arvin Encinas said that MIFF militants fled and left behind the 31 civilian hostages around 6 p.m. on Wednesday as the military tightened its noose on them.
“There are no more hostages now,” Encinas said.
The military said that the civilians, including 12 minors and two senior citizens, were either released by their captors or escaped during the sporadic fighting.
The BIFF, a group of rebels who broke away from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), attacked a school in the town of Pigcawayan in North Cotabato province around 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday.