Philippine militancy


Philippine militancy SHAFAQNA PAKISTAN (Shia News Agency)-

p Fifteen people including 10 police officers were wounded in an attack on a police camp mosque on a remote island in Philippines long plagued by Islamic militancy. It was the second bomb attack on Camp Kasim since 2010, when a Christmas Day blast wounded six people worshipping at a Catholic church in another section of the facility. The Abu Sayyaf gained international notoriety for some of the worst terror attacks in Philippine history including bombings and kidnappings of Christians and foreigners for ransom. The Philippines has faced separatist movements for decades in Mindanao, where the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is based, and in Jolo, home to the radical Islamist Abu Sayyaf group, which is reportedly linked to al-Qaeda. Philippine has been facing worst militancy since last 45 years that killed almost 120,000 people, displaced 2 million and stunted growth in the resource-rich south of the largely Christian Philippines. One year ago, the Philippine government reached but back in March the trust that the largest Muslim guerrilla group in the Philippines has in the government has been eroded by a clash in January in which 44 police commandos and 18 rebels were killed. Even thought the MILF is in peace talks with the government and yet it continues to recruit young men to be fighters, according to reports. It harbors international terrorists within or near its camp. It is unbelievable that it did not know of the presence of Marwan and Usman just 500 meters from its camp in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. If it is sincere, it should have handed these terrorists to the authorities that are hunting them for crimes committed against the people. Philippine is on double edge as it is not only fighting MILF but also with notorious Abu Sayyaf group. There is no other solution of militancy either to bring them on negotiation table or crush them with full force. From the failure of earlier talks Philippine must take a lesson and involve international world both as negotiator or mediator.