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Philippines: 'Foreigners' fighting with Isis-linked militants in Marawi

Philippines: 'Foreigners' fighting with Isis-linked militants in Marawi

"They can run but they can't hide", he said, adding that it was only a matter of time before Hapilon is captured or killed".

Teachers who were trapped in the siege by Muslim militants of Marawi city wait for their transport back to their hometowns in southern Philippines Thursday, May 25, 2017. Army tanks packed with soldiers rolled into the southe.

The army raided what it believed to be his hideout on Tuesday night in Marawi, but the militants called in reinforcements and were able to overpower government forces. It is not immediately clear whether civilians are among the dead.

Extremist insurgents from Maute group have since engaged government forces in firefights causing residents to flee.

Duterte told soldiers in Iligan, a city near Marawi, that he had long feared that "contamination by ISIS" loomed in the country's future, using the acronym for the Islamic State group.

He gave his troops a free hand to wrest control of Marawi.

"If you raped three (women), I will be the one to admit that it's me", Duterte said.

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With fighting ongoing in Marawi, Mr Duterte said on Friday he was willing to talk to the militants. "And if you can not be convinced to stop fighting, so be it. Let's just fight".

"Right now, he is still inside (the city)", General Eduardo Ano said. "We can not just pinpoint the particular spot". The Philippines launched an airstrike that wounded him in January, but he got away.

At the cathedral, they took hostages including a Catholic priest and a group of church-goers, threatening to kill them if the nation's military does not cease its current offensive against them.

"We're leaving", said a resident named Edith, walking along a rundown street carrying a small suitcase. "We have to finish this".

He said Malaysians, Indonesians, Singaporeans and "other foreign fighters" were in Marawi. "We suspect that but we're still validating, " he said.

Civilians stuck in Marawi were without food and were as anxious about rocket strikes as much as they were the militants, said Zia Alonto Adiong, a politician coordinating efforts to evacuate civilians.

Aside from 31 militants, 15 soldiers, police officers and civilians have also been killed in the hostilities. But now they have subscribed to the ideology of ISIS (Islamic State).

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Martial law was declared over Mindanao on May 23, following what the military said was a surgical strike against Abu Sayyaf Group leader Isnilon Hapilon, who is believed to have pledged allegiance to ISIS.

A large mixed contingent of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) arrived here Saturday morning, bolstering government strength in its battle against the terrorist Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups.

All of the groups are inspired by the Islamic State group, but so far there is no sign of significant, material ties.

The United States regards Hapilon as one of the world's most risky terrorists and offers a bounty of $5 million for his capture.

Duterte said in a Friday speech to the troops in Illigan, near Marawi on southern Mindanao island, "you can arrest any person, search any house without warrant".

There are few expectations that martial law could end the deep-rooted problems that have led to the Muslim conflict in the south.

It is a rare admission by the authorities that local jihadists are working with worldwide groups.

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"The President has the power to proclaim martial law for a period of not more than 60 days without congressional approval.The Congress has to act only if it shall revoke such proclamation".


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