Philippines: Catholic Priest held Hostage by Militants now in Government Hands

Manila Philippines - Fr. Teresito Soganub was last seen in may in a video, apparently taken under duress by the militants where he said he was with about 200 other hostages and that his captors wanted the military to withdraw it's forces from Malawi reports Crux
Philippine troops have rescued a Catholic priest and another civilian who were among dozens of people abducted in may 
About 600 militants seized commercial buildings, mosques and houses in the city's central  Business District on may 23 after an army-led assault failed to get Halipon and other militant leaders in a safe house In the mosque-studded city. The priest was rescued on Saturday

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The Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has declared September 1st 2017, as Eid-el-Kabir, Sallah day. 
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The statement added that Muslims in Nigeria would observe Friday, September 1st as Sallah day.


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