‘We ask for your prayers’: Philippines hotel on lockdown during Isil attack 

1 Jun

The terror group said “lonewolf soldiers” from its group carried out the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group that monitors terrorist organisations.

In an alleged message by an Isil member on messaging service WhatsApp, they said: “The lonewolf soldiers of Khilafah attack the heart of Kufar the city of Manila in Resort World.”

The Foreign Office changed its travel advice for Brits in the Philippines following the attack. It advised travellers to avoid the area and follow the advice of local authorities.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law last week across the southern region of Mindanao to crush what he said was a rising threat of Isil there.

He declared martial law shortly after militants went on a rampage through the southern city of Marawi, which is about 500 miles south of Manila.

Security forces are still battling the militants in Marawi, and the clashes there have left at least 171 people dead, and displaced 70,000 residents.

During the siege, militants took civilians hostage, including a Roman Catholic priest.

Mr Duterte said last week he may need to declare martial law across the rest of the country if the terrorism threat spreads.

Marawi is a mainly Muslim area, while the Philippines is primarily Catholic. 

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