The Islamists took children hostage in a school in the Philippines

Islamists attacked a school in the southern Philippines. About it reports Reuters with a reference to the police.

Several children, the militants took hostage. Information on casualties yet. Police speculated that the attack was attended by about 300 armed men, some of whom are members of the radical movement Islamic freedom fighters in Bangsamoro.

The incident occurred on the island of Mindanao, where last week fighting broke out between government forces and Islamists. In 2016, the main extremist groups have teamed up and announced the creation of the island province of banned terrorist organization “Islamic state”.

May 23, the Philippine city of Marawi was captured by militants. The Islamists have fortified the city, there were warehouses of weapons, ammunition and food in basements, tunnels and mosques. For almost a month, government forces are trying to dislodge the terrorists from the village. President Rodrigo Duterte stated that Islamists who seized Marawi, receive support from drug lords Mindanao.