Muslim Rebels Hold 20 Hostages In Zamboanga City, Philippines -- CNN
(CNN) -- As many as 400 armed Muslim rebels are holding at least 20 people hostage in a southern Philippine city after coming ashore by boat, authorities said Monday.
Philippine police and armed forces have blockaded the areas of Zamboanga City, a mainly Christian city on the southern coast of Mindanao, where the rebels are holed up, Mayor Isabelle Climaco-Salazar told CNN. She said the rebels had planned to march on the city hall.
City officials hope to talk to the rebels, who are believed to be from the Moro National Liberation Front, to try to negotiate the hostages' release, she said.
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More News On The Violence In The Southern Philippine City Of Zamboanga
Muslim rebels locked in standoff with Philippine army -- Global Post/AFP
Fighting in Southern Philippines Kills 8 -- New York Times
Philippine Muslim Rebels Clash With Military, Police in Zamboanga City -- Wall Street Journal
Filipino Rebels Storm Villages, Take Hostages -- AP
8 killed as Muslim rebels clash with troops and take hostages in southern Philippines -- FOX News/AP
Rebels take hundreds hostage in Philippines -- AL Jazeera
Filipino Rebels Clash With Government, Take Hostages -- Time
AFP: No failure of intelligence -- Philstar
WNU Editor: News reports are widely contradictory on what is happening in this battle. We will update when more information becomes available.