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DND verifies presence of foreign terrorists in the Philippines

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of National Defense (DND) has received a report from the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia that foreign terrorists have entered through the country’s backdoor.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that DND and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are continuously conducting their intelligence gathering to confirm the veracity of the report.

“It is ongoing. We are intensifying our monitoring on the south and as of now we cannot confirm the presence of foreign terrorist but there are homegrown terrorists there in the south we are sure of that,” said Lorenzana.

The AFP for its part said that they are focusing on relatives of neutralized Maute fighters who may be supporting existing terror groups.

“In terms of skills and confidence, we have already diminished them but we are looking on another angle. It’s more on radicalization of the other youth members and supporters of ISIS-Maute,” said Philippine Army chief LtGen. Rolando Joselito Bautista

Secretary Lorenzana noted that these homegrown terrorists are among the reasons why they recommended a one-year extension of martial law declaration in Mindanao.

“We requested for the extension of martial law because we believe that there is still rebellion there brought about our homegrown terrorists, the Maute group, assisted by some foreigners,” said the defense secretary.

The AFP chief said that the extension of martial law is a huge help for the military to move against the terrorist group.

“It does not mean that you will reduce or diminish the threat but we have a lever and call it as manageable risk,” said Bautista. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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Police seize personal items from home of ousted PM Najib Razak

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives to break fast at Saujana Menteri Besar in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor July 3, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su

 

At least a dozen armed policemen entered the home of ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak late on Wednesday.

The lawyer of the former leader confirmed this and said the police seized handbags and few other items from his home in connection with a money laundering investigation.

Witnesses say the search lasted for over six hours during which officers were seen taking large bags into the house and later loading them into a truck.

Malaysian authorities are investigating an alleged multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund One-Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which was founded by Najib. — Reuters

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Indonesia to maintain anti-terrorism strategy over series of suicide bombing

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

An Indonesian Special Forces Police counter-terrorism squad member walks by burned motorcycles following a blast at the Pentecost Church Central Surabaya (GPPS), in Surabaya, Indonesia May 13, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta

 

Indonesian police spokesman stressed that Indonesia will never change its anti-terrorism strategy, as four were killed and 10 injured when a suicide bombing hit the police headquarters in East Java, Indonesia on Monday.

An explosion took place at 08:50 local time when the policemen were conducting registration check on two persons. The motorcycle was along with two fellows who were riding on another motorcycle.

All the four suicide bombing attackers were killed, and four policemen and six civilians were injured.

East Java police department, said as the terrorists remain hiding in the shadow while the offices of police departments are open, police could not predict when the terrorists will turn up again. However, police will make all-out efforts to eliminate terrorists.

The explosion at the police headquarters happened after suicide bombings in three churches and an explosion in a flat in the city a day earlier, killing at least 14 people and injuring dozens of others. — Reuters

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Death toll from suicide bombings in Indonesia rises to 13

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, May 14th, 2018

Firefighters try to extinguish a blaze following a blast at the Pentecost Church Central Surabaya (GPPS), in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia May 13, 2018, in this photo provided by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/ Handout Surabaya Government/ via REUTERS

 

A family of six who carried out three church bombings in Indonesia had returned from Syria.

The Islamic State group has claimed the attacks, which killed at least 13 people on Sunday.

A mother and two daughters blew themselves up at a church, while the father and two sons targeted two others in Indonesia’s second city, Surabaya.

The national police chief said they belonged to an IS-inspired network, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD). — Reuters

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