Wed, Jun 21, 2017 - Page 5 News List

Report says militants may plan Manila bomb attack

INTERNAL MEMO:A police official said the leaked report was genuine, but contained raw information that was distributed to police units to seek verification

Reuters, MANILA

Philippine soldiers on Tuesday display an Islamic State flag and 11kg of methamphetamine allegedly taken from Muslim militants at a news conference in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines.

PHOTO: AFP

Philippine police yesterday said they were checking reports that militants might be plotting bombs in the capital, but they had no confirmation of any plan and the public should not be alarmed by a leaked police report on possible attacks.

Police in Manila have been on high alert since fighting erupted last month in Marawi City in the south of the predominantly Christian country between the military and militants linked to the Islamic State.

“We have no confirmation whatsoever of any terror attack in Manila,” Philippine National Police Director Oscar Albayalde told ANC television, responding to concern about a leaked police intelligence report warning of bomb attacks that spread on social media.

The leaked report is genuine, but contains raw information that was distributed to police units to check and seek verification, he said.

The internal memo, dated Friday last week, said police had information that members of the Maute group — the Islamic State-linked faction that is fighting in Marawi — were planning to set off bombs in the capital.

“The content of the memorandum is meant for validation and confirmation, it’s not meant to scare the public,” Albayalde said, adding that he had ordered an investigation into how the document was leaked.

He said police were “on top of the situation” and people should not be alarmed.

This story has been viewed 1739 times.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top