The military is on heightened alert as they continue to monitor six urban areas which may be under threat from a possible attack by Islamic State-incline terrorist groups.
Without naming the six areas, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Brig. General Bienvenido Datuin Jr. told reporters in a chance interview at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City that the six areas are packed with people.
According to Datuin, considering the vast area of Mindanao as well as the resources that terrorist groups have, it is likely that the terrorist stage an attack of on areas packed with unknowing citizens.
Datuin’s statement comes shortly after the Philippine Army revealed that the IS in Southeast Asia has a new “emir” in the identity of a certain Abu Dar, who takes leadership after the Philippine military successfully neutralized terrorist leader Isnilon Hapilon during the Marawi City siege.
According to Datuin, so long as the presence of the IS-affiliated group exists, then the likelihood of repeating the havoc that reigned in the city of Marawi remains a strong possibility.
Datuin also affirmed that the military remains on high alert for any possible threats in the unnamed areas.