When you think of the Islamic terror, the Philippines may not be the first place that comes to mind. But, it seems almost no place is safe from the wrath of ISIS.
After four months being held captive there by the group, a Catholic priest and another person abducted at the same time have now been freed.
Philippine priest abducted by ISIS gunmen in May wins freedom https://t.co/KoF48vYw6y
— Natasha Fatah ? (@NatashaFatah) September 18, 2017
Father Teresito Soganub and the teacher captured with him were rescued by Philippine troops. Though the Philippines is a primarily Catholic country, a hot bed of Islamism has overtaken certain parts of the country, including the key hot spot island of Mindanao. The island has actually been overtaken by military rule and troops are fighting to resist more take over in other parts of the country, as Faithwire has previously reported.
The city of Marawi was devastated after four months of fighting with the ISIS of the Philippine army. pic.twitter.com/V3HI3EPy3W
— Hung (@HHungduc) September 18, 2017
There appears to be some confusion on if the troops rescued the men from the building or if the men escaped themselves during fighting and were then picked up by troops. Either way, it’s something to celebrate that they got away.
Others may not be so lucky, as reports say there are still hundreds of other hostages. Hundreds of thousands of residents have turned into refugees, attempting to flee the terror. Christians in the country have been tortured, killed and used as sex slaves, rightly terrifying those that remain close to the violence.
— TRACterrorism.org (@TRACterrorism) September 18, 2017
Persecution of the Christians worldwide continues to dominate, as extreme Islamism takes over area by area. Thank God Father Soganub was saved, but so many remain in peril.