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Several Christians injured in attack linked to Moro National Liberation Front
ICC Note: At least 20 people were taken hostage in an attack by a separatist group that is fighting to establish an independent government. The attack by the Moro National Liberation Front has put the city on Red Alert, school and businesses have been closed and more than 800 have fled their homes. The group represents the Muslim minority from the southern Philippines that for decades has been seeking to establish an Islamic state.
9/09/2013 Philippines (World Watch Monitor) – A pastor has been taken hostage and several Christians are among the many injured in an attack by a rebel group in the Philippines.
The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is suspected of carrying out the attack this morning (September 9) in Zamboanga, Mindanao province, which left at least six dead.
At least 20 people have been taken hostage, including a pastor, whose name is being withheld for security reasons. More than 800 have fled their homes, including from the busy Rio Hondo area. A local church has been tending to casualties.
The city has been placed on Red Alert with schools cancelled and businesses closed. Officials say the rebel group has been using hostages as human shields as they march towards the City Hall.
The MNLF has been seeking independence for decades, hoping to create an independent Islamic state. A ceasefire was agreed in 1996, but some of the group’s affiliates remain active.

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