Government troops have already retaken the Santa Barbara Elementary School which had been used by MNLF forces loyal to Nur Misuari as a base camp.
The military says soldiers were able to recover several weapons and ammunition, bloodied uniforms, identification cards and copies of the Koran.
Seven bodies said to be MNLF fighters were also found inside the school.
Misuari's men are now believed to have fled to nearby Barangay Santa Catalina along with several hostages. – ANC World Tonight, September 14, 2013