Indonesian military chief warns: IS building base in Mindanao
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MANILA, Philippines - The Indonesian military has warned that the Islamic State group is establishing a base in Mindanao from where it can launch attacks in Indonesia.
In a recent report in The Jakarta Post, the commander of Indonesia’s military, Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, said on Tuesday said the increasing number of incidents of abductions carried out by terrorist groups from commercial vessels passing through southern Philippines’ waters is indicative of the militant’s actions to raise money to build its base in Mindanao.
The terrorist group Abu Sayyaf has kidnapped dozens of Indonesian and Malaysian sailors and demanded millions of dollars in ransom.
It has pledged allegiance to IS supreme leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, who has appointed former Abu Sayyaf commander Isnilon Hapilon, aka Abu Abdullah Al-Filipini, as leader of IS forces in Southeast Asia, the report said.
It was Al-Baghdadi himself who chose Mindanao as the IS base in Southeast Asia, terrorism analyst Al Chaidar of Indonesia said in the report.
President Rodrigo Duterte had warned on several occasions about the threat of the IS terrorists in the country.
However, Lieutenant General Eduardo Año, the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, vowed to thwart any moves by terrorist groups.