1,200 IS terrorists in the Philippines, says Indonesian minister

Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu says 40 of his countrymen are in the Philippines under the IS flag. – AFP pic, June 4, 2017.

THERE are about 1,200 Islamic State (IS) group operatives in the Philippines, including foreigners of whom 40 are from Indonesia, the Indonesian defence minister told an international security forum today.

Speaking in Singapore amid a bloody stand-off between Philippine troops and militants fighting under the IS flag in Marawi city, Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu called the militants “killing machines” and urged full-scale regional cooperation against them.

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