There are 48 foreign terrorists in Mindanao — military

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Philippine soldiers ride in miliary vehicles as they leave a military camp to reinforce troops fighting Muslim extremists in the city centre in Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao on May 25, 2017. -- AFP / TED ALJIBE

THE GOVERNMENT has monitored 48 foreign terrorists operating and recruiting in Mindanao, the military told the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Maj. Gen. Fernando Trinidad, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) deputy chief of staff for Intelligence, said that there has been an “influx” of foreign terrorists, “in the guise of tourists and businessmen,” in the southern Philippines. At the resumption of oral arguments on the extension of martial law, Mr. Trinidad made a presentation to justify the AFP’s request for a yearlong extension of martial law in Mindanao. — philstar

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