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Indonesian extremists could join conflict in Marawi

  • Safrin La Batu and Marguerite Afra Sapii

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 29 2017   /  12:06 am

The ongoing clash between the Philippine military and Islamist militants in the country’s southern region of Mindanao has raised concerns that militant groups in Indonesia could be drawn to join the fight.

The clash in the city of Marawi in Mindanao, which has so far led to the deaths of 85 civilians, could be seen by Indonesian militants as a potential training ground, especially because of its proximity to Indonesia, terrorism expert Al Chaidar said on Sunday. It would take militants only five hours to reach Marawi by boat from Indonesia’s northernmost island of Miangas in North Sulawesi province.

“The clash could attract militant groups from Indonesia. They surely want to learn [from militants on Mindanao Island] about how they aim to capture the city [of Marawi],” Al Chaidar told The Jakarta Post on Sunday, referring to homegrown militant groups such Jamaah Ansh...