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War on terror in Philippines enters a deadlier phase

Filipino soldiers standing guard on a street in Manila on Aug 1, 2018.
Filipino soldiers standing guard on a street in Manila on Aug 1, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

A brazen suicide attack this week suggests that the war on terror in the Philippines may be entering a new, deadlier phase that security forces may not be ready for.

On Tuesday (July 31), 11 people were killed when a suspected terrorist detonated bombs hidden inside a van he drove to an army checkpoint on Basilan island, a militant stronghold some 1,000km south of the capital Manila.

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