Captive Priest Is Freed as Philippine Troops Close In on Muslim Terrorists in Marawi city

ILIGAN, Philippines — A Roman Catholic priest who was held hostage for months by Islamic State-inspired militants in the war-torn southern city of Marawi has been freed, the Philippine military said on Sunday, as it moved closer to rooting out the remaining gunmen from their strongholds.

The Rev. Teresito Suganob was rescued late Saturday by troops who cleared a mosque that militants had been using as a defensive post, the authorities said.

“He was rescued by our men on the ground,” said Jesus Dureza, a senior presidential adviser.

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