Up to 300 armed ISIS militants storm school in the Philippines and hold several students hostage
- About 300 armed men stormed a school in Pigcawayan town on Wednesday
- The militants were holding some students captive, a police report said
- It occurred on the same island where fighting between government troops and Islamists has entered its fifth week
Pro-Islamic State militants have stormed a school in the southern Philippines and are holding several students hostage, police said.
About 300 armed men, among them members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), stormed a school in Pigcawayan town in North Cotabato province on Mindanao island early on Wednesday and were holding some students captive, a police report said.
Members of the BIFF were engaged in a gunbattle with the military, Chief Inspector Realan Mamon, the police chief at Pigcawayan, said in a radio interview.
‘We can confirm that they occupied a school and there were civilians trapped. We are in the process of determining how many were trapped and their identities,’ Mamon said.