PHILIPPINES: ISIS BEHEAD POLICE CHIEF, TAKE PRIEST AND WORSHIPERS HOSTAGE HOURS AFTER PRES. DUTERTE DECLARED MARTIAL LAW

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Duterte (pictured) declared martial law across the southern region of Mindanao last night after Islamist militants rampaged through the city of Marawi

Islamist gunmen who took a Catholic priest and churchgoers hostage in the Philippines have beheaded the city’s local police chief, President Rodrigo Duterte has said.

Members of the ISIS-inspired Maute Islamist group stormed the Cathedral of Our Lady Help, in Marawi City on Mindanao island, and abducted church staff including Father Chito Suganob and worshipers.

‘They have threatened to kill the hostages if the government forces unleashed against them are not recalled,’ Filipino Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a statement.

President Duterte, who declared martial law in parts of Mindanao after militants clashed with soldiers in Marawi yesterday, says he may extend it to other parts of the country if extremists seek sanctuary elsewhere.

 

Read more: Duterte declares state of emergency as ISIS militants BEHEAD police chief and take Catholic priest hostage alongside worshippers in the Philippines, hours after martial law is brought in 

 

President Duterte says he may extend it to other parts of the country if extremists seek sanctuary elsewhere

 

 

But Marawi Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra has refused to confirm reports the terror group took hostages in Marawi

 

 

The fighting in Marawi erupted yesterday when security forces raided a house they believed Isnilon Hapilon, leader of the infamous Abu Sayyaf kidnap gang

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