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Monday, September 9, 2013 (10:13 pm)

By BosNewsLife Asia Service

Nearly 300 villagers were effectively held as hostage and trapped in the standoff, authorities said, including a pastor whose name was not revealed amid security concerns.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (BosNewsLife)– About 200 Muslim rebels were holding a pastor and nearly 300 other people hostage on Monday, September 9, in the southern Philippines following fierce clashes with government forces that left at least eight people dead, officials and a Christian aid group said.

The Philippines has seen clashes between Muslim rebels and security forces,

The Philippines has seen clashes between Muslim rebels and security forces,

The latest fighting, which also injured several Christians, broke out when troops backed by tanks blocked the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels, who fight for an Islamic state in the region, from marching far into Zamboanga city to raise their flag at city hall, military spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala told reporters.

Earlier, a Philippine navy patrol clashed with the suspected Muslim rebels aboard several boats off southern Zamboanga city, a major port city, which killed one naval special forces member and wounded six others, military officials said.

Following the sea clash, rebels managed to enter Rio Hondo, a crowded coastal Muslim slum on… Continue reading