AMID terror attack in Marawi City, the government will act with “decisiveness” to block the purported plan of Islamic State on Iraq and Syria (Isis) to launch attacks in several countries, including the Philippines, during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
“[We will act] with continued concern and with continued decisiveness,” Abella told reporters, when sought for reaction on Isis’ call for more terror attacks during the holy month of Ramadan.
An audio message, which reportedly came from Isis spokesperson Abi al-Hassan al-Muhajer, called on followers to attack a set of nations during Ramadan.
Al-Muhajer allegedly distributed Monday the audio clip on an encrypted messaging application Telegram.
Isis spokesman was quoted as saying: “O lions of Mosul, Raqqa, and Tal Afar, God bless those pure arms and bright faces, charge against the rejectionists and the apostates and fight them with the strength of one man.”
“To the brethren of faith and belief in Europe, America, Russia, and others. Your brothers in your land have done well so take them as role models and do as they have done.”
Indonesian defense minister General Ryamizard Ryacudu earlier reported that there are about 2,000 Isis fighters in the Philippines.
The military, while aware of presence of only about 50 foreign terrorists, admitted that it was "surprised” by the revelation of Indonesia’s defense minster.
The ongoing fight of government troops against Islamist extremists in Marawi City killed at least eight foreign militants, including two Saudis, several Malaysians and Indonesians, one Yemeni, and one from Chechnya, said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier slammed the presence of Isis fighters in the southern Philippines, prompting him to order the security troops to “kill and destroy” them, along with the local terrorist groups. (SunStar Philippines)