Tag: Marawi City
This is due to its smaller geographical area, population size as well as very capable counter-intelligence forces.
Radical volunteers from Malaysia, Indonesia and other Muslim countries are helping the new pact comprising pro-IS groups and communists, says Filipino expert.
The group of 120 militants is believed to include Malaysians and Indonesians.
Former hostage says if Amin's teenage son is still alive and hiding in Basilan, chances are that the militant is there as well.
Revelation by Malaysian police that the Sabahan Amin Baco is Isnilon’s son-in-law makes him the stronger candidate as new IS emir for the region.
Such hostage-taking raids on buildings will become the aim of Islamic State militants in Southeast Asia, says National War College professor Zachary Abuza.
Pawel Wojcik, an analyst on terrorism issues says the use of such warfare is not a recent development as it has been favoured by the Islamic State for a long time.
Armed forces spokesman says it strongly believes that militants in Marawi are leaderless, contradicting statement by police chief that Amin Baco is new leader.
A leader is appointed even among two militants out fetching drinking water, says a veteran of former insurgent organisation Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
These Malaysians are believed to remain holed up in the city along with some Indonesians and local militants.
The military engaged in a gunfight with one of the suspected remaining gunmen in the main battle area, after foiling his bid to escape.
There were scenes of joy and chaos as a convoy of returning residents poured in to Marawi to a cacophony of horns and whistles, jamming what only a few hours earlier were deserted streets.
Police go to militant’s house only to find teenage boy missing.
A few groceries, motorcycle repair shops and gasoline sellers have opened, ready for the first batch of returning residents in the coming days.
The teachers taught children and their parents how to recognize live mortar shells, grenades, aircraft rockets and “improvised explosive devices” in their villages.
Only a few dozen civilians could be seen on Tuesday morning on the outskirts of the the mostly destroyed eastern half of Marawi, where regular bursts of gunfire and occasional explosions could still be heard.
Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in killing off the extremists, the Philippines had “nipped the budding infrastructure and defeated terrorism”.
Both father and son could speak Tagalog, says former hostage.
The boy is aged about 13, carries a gun and always keeps close to his father, says a former hostage.
Mohd Amin Baco, a Sabahan, is believed to be a ‘prominent terrorist leader’ among the Islamic State-linked insurgents who remain in the southern Philippine city.
Philippine authorities checking bodies of slain militants in attempt to identify the elusive Malaysian terrorist.
Authorities say they are verifying the identity of 13 terrorists who were killed in overnight operations in Marawi.
The Philippine commandos say they only found out later that they had downed the country’s most wanted militant leaders during the shootout in Marawi.
Police believe Mahmud Ahmad and other Malaysian militants are still alive in Marawi city, following report of two Philippine militant leaders being killed.
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