Filipino militants hole up in town
MARAWI CITY: Islamist militants under attack in a southern Philippines town stocked weapons and food in mosques, tunnels and basements to prepare for a long siege, officials said yesterday as the battle for control of Marawi City came to the end of its second week.
Their comments underlined the level of organisation among fighters linked to the Islamic State group, whose ranks of several hundred included foreigners from Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Saudi Arabia, Chechnya and Morocco.
The battle for Marawi City has raised concerns that the ultra-radical IS is building a Southeast Asia base on the island of Mindanao at the southern end of the Philippines.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said Marawi City would be liberated within three days, but yesterday officials were more circumspect on the timing and gave conflicting estimates. Reuters