A priest who was abducted by ISIS-affiliated militants in May has been rescued.

Fr Chito Suganob and another civilian were recaptured by Philippine troops after a five-hour battle with the militants in the southern city of Marawi on Saturday night.

At a press conference the priest said he was “physically strong and sound” despite his ordeal and urged people to pray for the remaining hostages.

His sister Marilyn Soganub-Ginnivan told UCA News that the family were overjoyed and planning a homecoming party for him.

“We have been praying for his freedom and for the other captives since they were abducted. God answered our prayers,” she said.

An army spokesman said on Sunday that about 40 militants remained and were still holding 80 or so hostages.

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