Pro-Islamic State militants re-emerge as Philippine nightmare

Abu Sayyaf is holding 19 other foreigners, most of them are Vietnamese, Indonesian and Malaysia sailors, on its remote southern island strongholds of Sulu and Basilan, according to the military.
MANILA: With ultra-fast boats, millions in ransom payments and sympathetic locals, pro-Islamic State militants on lawless southern Philippines islands who beheaded a German hostage this week have re-emerged as one of the nation’s top threats.
The Philippines is planning to bring in foreign maritime forces to help fight the Abu Sayyaf, after a kidnapping spree that has raised fears the waters around its island strongholds may descend into a Somalia-like haven for pirates.
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