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
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
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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