4 IS-linked Terrorists Killed in Philippines

07/08/2020 Philippines (International Christian Concern) – On June 26, Philippine security forces raided the Metro Manila area in the capital. They shot and killed four terrorists in Paranaque City, who are from the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), an Islamic-State affiliate.

The raid happened two weeks before President Duterte signed a controversial anti-terrorism bill, which many question its true intentions. Human rights groups and humanitarians are concerned that the law will allow the lines between criticism, criminality, and terrorism to blur.

The gun battle took place after a rise in terrorist presence in the capital city of Manila. Abu Sayyaf has always had a brutal existence in the Philippines, most recently with the January 27, 2019 twin bombings that killed dozens in the Jolo church.

Police identified the four terrorists as Bensaudi Sali, Merhama Abdul Sawari, Rasmin Hussin, and Jamal Kamiling. The terrorist organization acts as a financial conduit for the Islamic State Filipino branch, led by Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan. Two black Islamic State flags, grenades, an assault rifle and bomb-making materials were recovered during the raid, showing that the pandemic has not stopped the group from plotting future attacks.

What Abu Sayyaf lacks in numbers it makes up for in brutality. They are also known to carry out kidnappings in southern Philippines, sometimes as far as Malaysia. Much of their support is coming out of Sulawesi, Indonesia, according to Benar News.

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