19 Jun '17, 5am

Indonesia on alert against militants disguising as refugees from Marawi - The Straits Times

TARAKAN (NORTH KALIMANTAN) - Indonesia is on alert against militants disguising as refugees from Marawi city, which remains under siege by hundreds of fighters from the Maute and Abu Sayyaf terrorist groups in southern Philippines. Clashes in the city between the Philippine armed forces and militants, including many foreign fighters from Indonesia, Malaysia and elsewhere in the region who are loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have continued into their fourth week. Analysts have warned of militants hiding among the 200,000 displaced residents of Marawi, many of whom have become refugees as the extremists tear apart their hometown in a bid to create the next wilayah, or state of ISIS in South-east Asia. "We need to be alert, out of 500 to 600 terrorists there, 257 have been killed but the remainder, according to information we received, have been leaving t...

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