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No sign of ISIS militants in Philippines: United Nations

(AP)
Filed on December 11, 2014

Filipino militants belonging to two small but violent Muslim insurgent groups in the southern Philippines, including the Abu Sayyaf have vowed support to ISIS.

A UN counterterrorism official says there is no evidence that ISIS militants have gained a foothold in the Philippines but that the country can take more steps to help fight a group that has vowed to expand its reach.

Filipino militants belonging to two small but violent Muslim insurgent groups in the southern Philippines, including the Al Qaeda-inspired Abu Sayyaf, have publicly vowed support to the ISIS group, sparking concerns among local security officials.

Jean-Paul Laborde said Thursday the Philippines and other countries can take preventive steps to shield their territories from the terrorists, including by strengthening laws and regulations to prevent local Muslim communities from being targeted for recruitment and to deprive the militants of financial resources. Laborde discussed counterterrorism steps with officials in Manila.





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