31 July 2018
At least 10 people were killed in a powerful car bombing in the southern Philippines that officials linked to a pro-Islamic State group that tried to carve out a slice of territory in the south of the country last year.
Some counterterrorism experts said Tuesday’s attack showed that militant groups in the Philippines continued to pose a threat.
“At this point it is clear that even with Mindanao under martial law, the Abu Sayyaf Group remains capable of launching attacks,” said Joseph Franco, a counterterrorism expert at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. “Killing Abu Sayyaf group members is not enough if the community remains adversarial to the state,” he said.
CENS / Online
Last updated on 01/08/2018