Philippine troops aboard helicopters fired rockets on Monday at Muslim rebels occupying parts of a major city, intensifying efforts to end an eight-day standoff that has left dozens dead.
Fighting intensified on Saturday in the southern Philippines between government troops and rogue Muslim separatists, shattering a cease-fire almost immediately as it was to go into effect and leaving many residents running low on supplies.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino visited a southern city infiltrated by Muslim rebels Friday, vowing to end the crisis and warning the gunmen against harming civilian hostages or resorting to flagrant destruction.
The Philippine government on Thursday warned Muslim rebels who have been holding more than 100 people hostage in a southern port city to peacefully end the four-day standoff “at the soonest possible time,” saying its forces are ready to demonstrate the state's resolve.
Philippine troops battled Muslim rebels on two fronts Thursday, after the insurgents attacked a second town near the southern port where they are holding scores of residents hostage in a standoff with government forces.
Muslim rebels hiding behind roped-together hostages took potshots at Philippine troops Wednesday, on the third day of a deadly siege in a key southern city.
Muslim militants used 180 residents as “human shields” yesterday, Philippine officials said, as they traded gunfire with troops amid burning houses during a standoff after a deadly attack on a southern city.
About 200 Muslim rebels were holding nearly 300 people hostage Monday after clashing with government troops and rampaging through coastal communities in the southern Philippines, leaving at least eight people dead, officials said.1 Comment
A group of 100 heavily-armed Muslim rebels opposed to peace talks launched a major attack that shut down a bustling southern Philippine city Monday, authorities said.
United States authorities are working with Philippine officials in hunting down one of three Filipino-American brothers charged with smuggling weapons from the U.S. to the Philippines.