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Philippine police kill four IS-linked terror suspects in Manila shootout

Police said that an officer was shot in the leg and hospitalized and they recovered pistols, suspected bomb parts, money transfer records and two black flags like those of the Islamic State group.

Published: 26th June 2020 06:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th June 2020 06:09 PM   |  A+A-

olice inspect a hideout where four suspected Islamic State group-linked militants were killed during a gunbattle in metropolitan Manila

olice inspect a hideout where four suspected Islamic State group-linked militants were killed during a gunbattle in metropolitan Manila. (Photo| AP)

By Associated Press

MANILA: Philippine police raided a suspected hideout of Islamic State group-linked militants in metropolitan Manila early Friday and killed four of them in a gunbattle, security officials said.

Metropolitan Manila Police Chief Debold Sinas said police and intelligence agents were to serve a search warrant after midnight at a house in suburban Paranaque city after months of surveillance when the suspected militants opened fire.

An officer was shot in the leg and hospitalized, police said, adding they recovered pistols, suspected bomb parts, money transfer records and two black flags like those of the Islamic State group. The raid comes as President Rodrigo Duterte considers whether to sign a new and more powerful anti-terror law, which has already been passed by Congress.

The country's military chief cited Friday's gunbattle as a reason Duterte should sign it as soon as possible. "It is public security and general welfare that are at stake.We should protect and defend from terrorists without further delay," Gen.Felimon Santos Jr. said.

He said the presence of the suspects in the Manila area underscored their readiness to plot an attack despite the suffering caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Officials did not say what, if any, specific attack the suspects were plotting.

The proposed Anti-Terror Act would allow the detention of suspects for up to 24 days without charge and empowers a government anti-terrorism council to designate suspects or groups as suspected terrorists who could then be subjected to arrests and surveillance.

Opponents say the legislation violates the constitution, defines terrorism too broadly, could be misused to target government critics and could threaten legitimate dissent. Those slain Friday were identified by police as Merhama Abdul Sawari, Bensaudi Sali, Rasmin Hussin and Jamal Kalliming.

Sinas said the suspects handled funds for Daulah Islamiyah, one of the militant groups blamed for laying siege to Marawi city in the southern Philippines for five months in 2017. Sawari facilitated funds for Philippine-based militants from Indonesia's Sulawesi region, Sinas said in a statement without elaborating.



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