Philippines to deploy 4,500 more troops to fight terrorists in southern islands
By IANS | Published: September 6, 2021 09:45 AM2021-09-06T09:45:03+5:302021-09-06T10:00:07+5:30
Manila, Sep 6 The Armed Forces of the Philippines will deploy an additional 4,500 troops next year in ...
Manila, Sep 6 The Armed Forces of the Philippines will deploy an additional 4,500 troops next year in the southern islands of Sulu to fight terrorists, a lawmaker said on Sunday.
In a statement on Sunday, Johnny Pimentel, chairperson of the strategic intelligence committee in the House of Representatives, said the Department of National Defense will be spending 929 million pesos ($18 million) next year in deploying "a whole new Philippine army division to the Sulu archipelago", reports Xinhua news agency.
The army will put into operation an entire division of 4,500 soldiers in the municipality of Jolo in Sulu province, Pimentel said in the statement.
The division will be dedicated to fighting Islamic State (IS)-affiliated terrorist groups and will have operational responsibility over the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, Pimentel added.
Jolo is the base for the Abu Sayyaf militant group, which has recently become notoriously known for criminal brutality, kidnapping-for-ransom activities, bombings, and beheadings in western Mindanao, particularly in their lair in the island provinces of Basilan and Sulu.
In August 2020, insurgents affiliated with the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group detonated two bombs in Jolo downtown, killing 14 people and wounding 75 others.
In January 2019, the Jolo Cathedral was bombed during a mass, killing 21 people and wounding over 100 others.
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