MNLF uses hostages bound by ropes as "human shields" as clash vs. AFP continues in Zamboanga
How long will this go on?
Erik De Castro of Reuters (via ABS-CBNNews.com) reports that at least a dozen civilians tied together by ropes in Zamboanga were used as human shields by members of a rogue Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) faction on Wednesday, September 11.
According to the report, the hostages in the town of Santa Barbara waved white flags and shouted "please don’t shoot" at members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) engaged in a gunfight with the rebels. An estimated 170 civilians are believed to be trapped or held hostage by the rogue MNLF faction since it began its standoff with the military on Monday, September 9.
Zamboanga City has virtually been paralyzed because of the turmoil, with schools and shops closed for days and residents fleeing to other areas. Airline and shipping companies have also suspended their flights and ferry services to the southern city.
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