24 May '17, 6am

Martial law in southern Philippines: What we know so far. @AFP factbox by @ayeemacaraig

Martial law in southern Philippines: What we know so far. @AFP factbox by @ayeemacaraig

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has imposed martial law on the southern region of Mindanao to combat militants who have declared allegiance to the Islamic State group. Here is what we know about why he declared martial law and what happens next: - What happened to trigger martial law? - Duterte acted after security forces on Tuesday battled dozens of gunmen in Marawi, a city of about 200,000 people. One policeman and two soldiers died in the fighting, authorities said. Tuesday's violence was the latest in a series of deadly clashes with militants who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group, and are based throughout Mindanao. Duterte's declaration fulfilled an often-repeated promise to impose martial law to combat the IS-linked militants, whom he has said are a growing threat to national security. But he has said many times that martial law may be neede...

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