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‘Horrible:’ Bishop reacts to use of hostages as suicide bombers

‘Horrible:’ Bishop reacts to use of hostages as suicide bombers
File photo shows soldiers patrol part of Marawi City, June 28, 2017. CBCPNews

MANILA— A Catholic bishop has deplored the alleged plans of the Islamic State-inspired Maute group to use civilian hostages as suicide bombers against the security forces.

Bishop Edwin de la Peña of Marawi said these ‘desperate’ actions by the militants deserve strong condemnation.

“Horrible! Repulsive! These terrorists are really desperate that’s why they are doing this,” de la Peña said.

“What they (militants) are doing is abhorrent and they are hoping that the government will listen to them,” he said.

Malacañang yesterday said they’ve receive information that the extremists are turning their captives, not just as human shields, but as suicide human bombs once cornered by the military.

As battle continues, the military said less than 40 militants remain in the war zone almost three months after hundreds of gunmen tried to take over the city.

Reports said there were still about 46 civilians being held hostage by the terrorists, including Catholic priest Fr. Teresito “Chito” Suganob, the Vicar General of the Marawi prelature.

In a video that circulated online last May, Suganob was seen appealing to the government to halt military offensives for the sake of the “prisoners of war.” CBCPNews