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MNLF commander calls for ceasefire, says 2 hostages hurt

/ 08:26 PM September 12, 2013

A total of 35 people including 10 women, 2 boys and 23 males were taken as hostages by the Basilan based MNLF led by a certain Ustadz Ismael Dasta, a NASCOM MNLF commander on Monday. INQUIRER MINDANAO FILE PHOTO

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — A Moro National Liberation Front commander and the hostages being held by the former rebel group have called for a ceasefire on Thursday afternoon, saying two civilian hostages have been injured during the fighting with government troops.

At around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Ustadz Ismael Dasta, commander of the MNLF forces from Basilan, called up the Philippine Daily Inquirer asking to relay his demand of a ceasefire because two hostages were hurt.

He identified one of the wounded hostages as Clemente Almonte.

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Hostage Pastor David Nifras, who also spoke with the Inquirer by phone, said Father Michael Ufana was also injured.

“We are seeking help. Tell the government that we need a ceasefire. Many are injured but two are in critical condition. We are trapped in a place where there is fire and gunfire. Please help us relay to this to the government. We are about 40 people here,” Nifras said.

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TAGS: Armed conflict, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III, Insurgency, Military, Moro National Liberation Front, Moro rebellion, Philippine Army, rebellion, Zamboanga City
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