Rebels release hostages seized in the Philippines
APMANILA--Muslim rebels opposed to peace talks with the Philippine government released nine teachers and four village officials Tuesday a day after taking hostages in an attack on a southern town that killed 10 people, including a civilian who was decapitated, officials said.
September 25, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
This week's violence came as government troops battled the last few dozen gunmen from another Muslim rebel group, the Moro National Liberation Front, which on Sept. 9 took more than 100 civilians hostage and occupied areas of Zamboanga city.
About 40 Moro rebels holding around 20 hostages are still holed up in Zamboanga, military spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said.