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Indonesian arrested in Marawi

Philippine security forces on Wednesday arrested an Indonesian national suspected to be among the pro-Islamist militants who seized control of parts of the southern city of Marawi in May, military and police officials said.

Guyguyon said the suspect even fought with government troops during a clash between troops and Maute-Abu Sayyaf fighters in Piagapo town, Lanao del Sur in April this year barely a month before the Marawi siege. "Marami naman syang (He has a lot of) undersecretaries who can work out something for Marawi, then it goes to one single person", Duterte said in a media briefing upon arrival from a two-day working visit in Japan Tuesday evening.

Indonesians, Malaysians and Middle Easterners were among the fighters who flocked to Marawi to support the Islamic State's emirate in Southeast Asia.

The Indonesian militant arrived in the Philippines previous year upon the invitation of the Filipino head of IS in Southeast Asia, Isnilon Hapilon, according to Guyguyon - citing the gunman's account given to interrogators.

Hapilon, who was on the U.S. government's list of most wanted terrorists, was killed last month along with fellow militant leader Omarkhayam Maute.

Senior Superintendent Guyguyon said the man told authorities he was from an extremist group connected to the January 2016 terror attack in Jakarta that killed four civilians.

About 6,400 people have been cleared to return to their homes in the city, which has been largely destroyed by the fighting.

Duterte also disclosed the plan of putting up a military camp in Marawi.

Authorities said they recovered a gun, a grenade and an undisclosed sum in Philippine, Indonesian and Saudi Arabian currency from the arrested militant.

There are still about twenty remaining fighters holed up in Marawi but they are surrounded by troops, Guyguyon said.

"I agree with you that if you have a gripe, and you think that justice should be done, and if they think that the Philippine courts would be prejudiced or biased, they can always go to the International Criminal Court", he added.



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