Islamic State claims southern Philippine blast that killed 11

By Manuel Mogato MANILA, July 31 : A bomb exploded in a van in the restive southern Philippines on Tuesday, killing 11 people at a military checkpoint in what militant group Islamic State called a suicide attack for which it claimed responsibility. The blast took place on Basilan, the island stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf […]

A year after extremist siege, Philippine families seek closure

By Neil Jerome Morales MARAWI CITY, Philippines, May 23 : Mahid Radia’s last glimpse of his parents was when he and his children were fleeing their home amid gunfire, explosions and the howl of airplanes bombing the dens of extremists who had taken over Marawi, the Philippines’ only Islamic city. The military prevailed over Islamic […]

Bangladesh arrests militant suspect in US blogger killing

By Ruma Paul DHAKA, Nov 19 : Bangladesh police said on Sunday they had arrested a suspected leader of an Islamist group wanted in connection with the death in 2015 a U.S. blogger critical of religious extremism. Deputy police commissioner Masudur Rahman said the man, identified as Mojammel Hossain, 25, head of the intelligence wing […]

Philippines hunts for possible new Islamic State ’emir’ in South East Asia

By Manuel Mogato MANILA, Nov 6 : Philippine authorities were on the lookout on Monday for a Malaysian who could be the new leader of pro-Islamic State groups in Southeast Asia, security chiefs said, following the deaths of several high-profile regional extremists. The army terminated combat operations in southern Marawi two weeks ago after killing […]

Troops and strays, the only signs of life in ruined Marawi

By Martin Petty MARAWI CITY, Philippines, Oct 25 : With vehicles crushed and overturned and buildings reduced to skeletons of mangled steel and rubble, the Philippine city of Marawi resembles the aftermath of a war that lasted years, rather than months. Except for small clusters of troops dotted amid the ruins and skinny cats and […]