An unknown number of residents have reportedly been trapped and taken hostage after armed terrorists stormed a village in Cotabato province of the Philippines, according to local police.
Government troops are now engaging members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) after the terrorists overran the village of Malagakit, located just outside of Pigcawayan town, Chief Inspector Realan Mamon said.
The police chief confirmed that a number of civilians are now trapped in the area after the militants entered the village shortly after 5:00am on Wednesday.
Mamon, however, could not confirm initial reports that students were being held hostage after the terrorists reportedly occupied a local school.
“We are still verifying that report,” Mamon told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by telephone.
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