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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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Death toll from Lombok quake rises to 98 – official

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

 

 

Strong Lombok Quake. Antara Foto/Ahmad Subaidi/ via Reuters

At least 98 people were killed when Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok was hit by a magnitude 6.9 earthquake on Sunday (August 5) a spokesman from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said on Monday (August 6).

Most of the victims were killed by falling rubble, the agency said, adding that hundreds of people were injured and thousands of houses were damaged.

The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of houses, hotels, and restaurants and two people died according to BNPB spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Nugroho said more than 2,000 people had been evacuated from the three Gili islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, where fears of a tsunami spread among tourists. — Reuters

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People in Bali stay outside after 7.0 earthquake shakes the Indonesian island

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2018

A woman walks past debris from a collapsed wall following a strong earthquake in Lendang Bajur Hamlet, Lombok island, indonesia August 6, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Ahmad Subaidi/ via REUTERS

People on the Indonesian resort island of Bali ran from their homes on Sunday (August 8) after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the neighboring Lombok island, killing at least one person.

The earthquake was felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of houses, hotels, and restaurants.

The quake struck Lombok in the early evening at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), a week after a magnitude 6.4 quake killed 14 people on the island and briefly stranded hundreds of hikers on the slopes of a volcano.

Witnesses said the initial quake grew in intensity over several seconds, rattling windows and doors, and there were many aftershocks.

The country’s disaster management agency urged people to stay away from the sea. However, an initial warning of a tsunami with waves of up to half a metre was later withdrawn. — Reuters

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At least 82 killed by 7.0 quake in Indonesia’s Lombok, Bali islands

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, August 6th, 2018

A policeman examines debris that fell and crushed parked motorbikes following a strong earthquake on nearby Lombok island, at a shopping center in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) – At least 82 people were killed on Sunday when Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok was hit by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake.

The powerful quake triggered panic among tourists and residents, and was also felt on the neighboring island of Bali. On Lombok, thousands fled from their homes to gather in emergency shelters in open spaces, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.

The area continued to be rattled by aftershocks from the quake, which occurred days after a 6.4 tremor hit Lombok on July 29, killing 14 people and injuring 162 people.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency placed Sunday’s death toll at 82, more than doubling its earlier figure of 32. Many of the dead were from northern and western parts of Lombok.

Singapore Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, who was in the Lombok town of Mataram at the time of the quake, wrote on Facebook that his 10th-floor hotel room shook violently and walls cracked.

“It was quite impossible to stand up. Heard screams,” he wrote. “Came out, and made my way down a staircase, while building was still shaking. Power went out for a while. Lots of cracks, fallen doors.”

The quake struck Lombok in the early evening at a depth of 10 km (6 miles).

Most of Lombok suffered power cuts, local media reported.

Travelers at the international airports in Lombok and Bali were thrown into panic and there was minor damage to the buildings but operations were not disrupted, officials said.

The quake was felt for several seconds in Bali, where people ran out of houses, hotels and restaurants.

“All the hotel guests were running, so I did too. People filled the streets,” said Michelle Lindsay, an Australian tourist. “A lot of officials were urging people not to panic.”

Other witnesses said the initial quake grew in intensity over several seconds, rattling windows and doors, and there were many aftershocks.

The country’s disaster management agency urged people to stay away from the sea. However, an initial warning of a tsunami with waves of up to half a meter was later withdrawn.

Saffron Amis, a British student visiting the Gili Islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, told Reuters by text message that dozens of tourists were evacuated to a hill after the quake.

Additional reporting by Tabita Diela, Jessica Damiana, Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Kanupriya Kapoor; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor and John Chalmers; Editing by Bill Trott and Susan Thomas

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