Hostages in Philippine town forced to fight, loot, become sex slaves: army

Hostages in Philippine town forced to fight, loot, become sex slaves: army

By Kanupriya Kapoor MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) – Civilians held hostage by Islamist militants occupying a southern Philippine city have been forced to loot homes, take up arms against government troops and serve as sex slaves for rebel fighters, the army said on Tuesday. Citing accounts of seven residents of Marawi City who either escaped or were rescued, the military said some hostages were forced to convert to Islam, carry wounded fighters to mosques, and marry militants of the Maute group loyal to Islamic State. Some escapees say bodies of residents have been left in the streets, some for weeks, and civilians are distressed by government air strikes and artillery bombardments that have reduced parts of Marawi to rubble.

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Two police, family of six killed in latest Mexico violence

Two police, family of six killed in latest Mexico violence

Two federal police officers were mowed down Saturday in Mexico’s Veracruz state, where gunman also killed a family of six, in the latest spasm of violence linked to criminal gangs. In the nearby city of Coatzacoalcos, the dead included two adults and four children who died in a hail of bullets as they ate dinner at an outdoor restaurant. Authorities added that two women were fatally shot in the town of Orizaba, also in Veracruz, one of Mexico’s most violent states.

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