Philippine military, rebel group warn of repeat of Marawi attack

Militants behind siege getting help from fighters forced out of Iraq, Syria: MILF chief

Damaged houses, buildings and a mosque seen in Marawi city, Philippines, on Oct 25, 2017.
Damaged houses, buildings and a mosque seen in Marawi city, Philippines, on Oct 25, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

Pro-ISIS militants who seized the southern city of Marawi for five months last year have regrouped and are planning similar attacks elsewhere, the Philippine military and the country's largest Muslim rebel group have warned.

"They are still organising, recruiting and retraining, and we cannot discount the possibility of another attack. That is what we are trying to pre-empt," Brigadier-General Bienvenido Datuin said yesterday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2018, with the headline 'Philippine military, rebel group warn of repeat of Marawi attack'. Subscribe