All hostages freed in Philippines

Tribal gunmen freed dozens of hostages in the southern Philippines on Sunday.

All hostages freed in Philippines

Tribal gunmen freed dozens of hostages in the southern Philippines on Sunday after authorities transferred murder cases against them to a tribal court and disarmed both them and a rival group.

The gunmen had abducted 71 people in Agusan del Sur province on Thursday as they fled police pursuing them after a gunbattle with their rivals, but had freed 29 over the next two days.

A Reuters team saw the remaining 42 hostages brought down from the mountain hideout of the gunmen and driven to Prosperidad town in a convoy in heavy rain, with the leading car carrying a banner saying "Peace reigns in Agusan".

The gunmen were also in the convoy after surrendering their weapons.

"At last the crisis is over," provincial vice-governor Santiago Cane told reporters. "The guns, bullets and grenades of these men are with me now."




Reuters

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