Jihadis spread network
MANILA: The Philippines has received intelligence that shows closer links between domestic militants and Islamic State, its defence minister said yesterday, adding weight to worries that Middle East extremists are building a network in Southeast Asia.
Intelligence from allies showed that Isnilon Hapilon,a leader of the Abu Sayyaf militant group – which has gained notoriety for piracy and kidnapping in the southern Philippines – was trying to spread into new areas of the Philippines. This is happening on the instruction of IS, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told a media briefing. – Reuters