Jihadists set eye on Miss Universe

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - First Page - (Mindanao Examiner)

MARAWI CITY – International broadcaster RT TV reported that a Filipino jihadist group posted video online calling supporters to attack the 2017 Miss Universe pageant in the Philippines.

Citing reports from SITE Intelligence Group, the news channel said Philippine Islamic State affiliate suggested that an explosive belt or bomb be made especially for the beauty contest.

“Philippines jihadi Telegram channel posted a video for making an explosive belt and suggested ‘Create bomb for miss universe,” the group wrote on a Telegram Messenger group called “IS Philippines supporters,” according to SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks the online activity of jihadist organizations.

It said the post reportedly contained a video on how to assemble a suicide belt and a DIY (do-it-yourself) on explosives in English.

The international beauty pageant is scheduled to begin on January 30, but the organizers are yet to de- termine the venue of the event, although one of them is the Philippine Arena in Bulacan province and the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Just recently, the Islamic State called on its supporters in Southeast Asia to go to the Philippines and join Filipino jihadists if they cannot come to Syria or Iraq. Both the Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and the smaller Maute group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

There was no immediate statement from the Philippine authorities on the latest propaganda of the terrorist group.

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