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coun­ter­parts Delfin Loren­zana Ne­grillo of the Philip­pines, Thai­land’s Prawit Wang­su­won and Ryamizard Ry­acudu of In­done­sia to get the lat­est up­dates.”

Hisham­mud­din said to en­hance and strengthen se­cu­rity con­trols in Sabah, the armed forces would de­ploy ad­di­tional as­sets.

“This in­volves adding two pa­trol ves­sels that are de­ployed to­day to as­sist in the tight­en­ing of con­trols in the wa­ters of Sabah and as­sign­ing the Quick Re­ac­tion Force (QRF) and its troops to op­er­ate in neigh­bour­ing is­lands off Sabah, as well as in­creas­ing com­bat pa­trol boats in the ar­eas iden­ti­fied as the south­ern Philip­pines’ en­trance.”

He said an ad­di­tional army in­fantry com­pany would be sta­tioned in Cen­der­awasih, La­had Datu, while ad­di­tional troops were de­ployed to en­sure the as they of­ten mis­in­ter­preted the scrip­tures con­tained in the holy book.

He said they be­came ob­sessed with cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als, who made use of re­li­gion and per­formed acts that de­vi­ated from the teach­ings of the Qu­ran.

Zahid, who is also home min­is­ter, said a study con­ducted by the min­istry found that 87 per coast of La­had Datu was fully guarded.

“We will not bow to any party or group that at­tempts to de­stroy the se­cu­rity and sovereignty of the coun­try.

“We have come to a con­sen­sus with our friends all over the world to con­tinue work­ing closely to deal with these threats af­ter a busi­ness trip in Saudi Ara­bia re­cently.”

Mean­while, AFP re­ported that Philip­pine se­cu­rity forces dropped more bombs yes­ter­day on Marawi City, where they have been bat­tling mil­i­tants for five days, vow­ing no let-up de­spite the start of Ra­madan.

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte had since Wed­nes­day de­clared mar­tial law south of the Philip­pines in re­sponse to the clashes, which have claimed at least 48 lives.

Lo­cal mil­i­tary spokesman Lieu­tenant-Colonel Jo-ar Her­rera cent of those in­volved in ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties did not have ba­sic re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion.

He said the gov­ern­ment had taken ac­tion to de­tain in­di­vid­u­als in­volved with ter­ror groups and con­duct de­rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion pro­grammes to re­ha­bil­i­tate them.

“We pray that no acts of ter­ror­ism would oc­cur in our coun­try.” said they had iden­ti­fied where the group was con­sol­i­dat­ing and would launch airstrikes to de­stroy the lo­cal ter­ror­ist group.

Truck­loads of ex­tra marines were driven into Marawi, one of the big­gest Mus­lim-pop­u­lated cities in the mainly Catholic Philip­pines with about 200,000 res­i­dents.

Black Is­lamic State flags were planted while the group took a priest and up to 14 other peo­ple hostage from a church, and set fire to build­ings.

Thir­teen sol­diers, two po­lice­men and 31 mil­i­tants have died in the fight­ing, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties. Two civil­ians were con­firmed killed in­side a hos­pi­tal that the gun­men had oc­cu­pied on Tues­day. The mil­i­tary said it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports that nine peo­ple were mur­dered at a check­point the mil­i­tants had set up.

At the event, Zahid do­nated 320 copies of the Qu­ran to par­tic­i­pants.

He read the Al-Baqarah chap­ter from the Qu­ran to­gether with 400 par­tic­i­pants.

Present were the mosque’s chair­man Datuk Tho­brani Hanafi, and the pro­gramme’s fa­cil­i­ta­tor, Sheikh Said Ab­del­latif Karawia. Ber­nama


Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi greet­ing par­tic­i­pants in a Qu­ran learn­ing and recital pro­gramme at Masjid Al Hi­dayah in Kam­pung Sun­gai Pen­chala, Kuala Lumpur, yes­ter­day.

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