The Islamists who seized a primary school on the Philippine island of Mindanao, retreated. About it reports Reuters.
The representative of the military has denied the appeared information that the militants took hostage several children. “The situation is already resolved. They retreated, they are no longer there. The campus once again safe,” said Brigadier General Restituto Padilla (Restituto Padilla). However, he added that investigated the possible kidnapping of five civilians.
Earlier on June 21, militants, including members of the radical movement Islamic freedom fighters in Bangsamoro, broke into the school building Pigcawayan city in the province of North Cotabato. Presumably, there were about 300 people.
On may 22, Minando fighting broke out between government forces and Islamists. The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte introduced in the region under martial law. The next day, the Islamists seized the largest city of the island Marawi and entrenched in it. Government forces still can’t beat out terrorists from this village.
In 2016, the main extremist groups have teamed up and announced the creation of the island province of banned terrorist organization “Islamic state”.