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Pro-IS terrorists storm Mindanao school as “diversionary tactic”

Pro-Islamic State militants stormed a school in Mindanao early this morning (Wednesday, June 21) and briefly held several students hostage. The attack by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) comes fighting between government troops and Islamist militants in Marawi City has entered its fifth week. About 300 armed men, including…



Military vows to lift Marawi City siege by Independence Day on Monday

The military launched a fresh round on airstrikes on besieged Marawi City today (Friday June 9), vowing to liberate it from Islamic State-affiliated terrorists by Independence Day on Monday. Government troops and militants linked to the Islamic State terrorist network have been engaged in a fierce stand-off for more than…




US, UK and Australia issue travel advisories after Manila casino attack

The US, Australia and the UK have all issued travel advisories in the wake of Friday’s Manila casino attack. On its website, the US Embassy posted an “emergency message” urging Americans to “exercise caution” and “review your personal security plans”. “Remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor…


Timeline: What we know so far about the Manila casino attack

Contradictions and confusion still surround the attack on the Resorts World Manila (RWM) in the early hours of today (Friday, June 20). While the so-called Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for a “lone wolf” attack, police and investigators maintain it was a botched robbery or the revenge of an…