Aussie trafficker Corby leaves Bali after 12 years
Woman mourner in funeral of Copts killed in Egypt the truth that IS ideology has taken hold in their country. The local groups have transformed.”
Malaysians, Indonesians and other foreigners were among the guerillas killed on Thursday.
The White House on Thursday said it backed the Philippine fight against “cowardly terrorists”.
Duterte has warned of “contamination” by IS, exploiting the poverty, lawlessness and porous borders of predominantly-Muslim Mindanao island. He has pleaded with political and Islamic leaders to keep militants at bay.
Months of air and ground offensives had not dented their resolve.
Convoys of vehicles packed with evacuees and protected by soldiers streamed here. Mark Angelou Siega, a Christian, described how students fled their campus.
“We were so scared and so were our Muslim brothers and sisters. We were sure they would get us. These terrorists are not real Muslims.”
Philippine Solicitor General Jose Calida said the Maute group and IS were radicalising young Muslims and the government was not their only target.
“People they consider infidels, whether Christians or Muslims, are also targets,” he said. Reuters KUTA (Bali): Australian Schapelle Corby battled through a media scrum yesterday as she left a Bali villa to head home 12 years after being convicted of drug trafficking on the holiday island, a longawaited return that has captivated public attention.
The beauty school dropout covered her face with a scarf as she was bustled out of her home here.
The 39-yearold, who was arrested in 2004 at Bali airport, was bundled into a car with tinted windows that sped off in a convoy that included armoured vehicles as curious onlookers gawped at the spectacle.
After signing documents at a parole office, her convoy raced towards the airport, from where she boarded a flight to Brisbane.
“Good bye to this parole paper work,” she posted under a picture of the documents on an Instagram account, which had attracted 35,000 followers within a few hours of being set up.
Australian interest in Corby, which began with her arrest, had intensified into an obsession.
The dramatic courtroom scenes of her breaking down in tears as she was convicted and her sister, Mercedes, screaming from the sidelines were watched live by millions of Australians.
Police deployed at least 100 officers to secure Corby’s departure. Mercedes, had flown in to help her prepare to be deported back home. Authorities in Bali had pledged to ensure that she departed safely. AFP
A man carrying a relative as they are evacuated from their homes in Marawi yesterday. Philippine security forces dropped more bombs on a southern city where they have been battling militants for five days, vowing no let up despite the start of Ramadan.