Two terrorists killed in Philippines

Philippine National Police Director General Ricardo Marquez talks to the media after reading a joint statement from the military and police on the beheading of Canadian hostage John Ridsdel of Calgary, Alberta by Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf Group in southern Philippines, in this April 26, 2016 photo, at Camp Crame in suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. (AP)
Updated 30 April 2016
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Two terrorists killed in Philippines

MANILA: Security forces in the southern Philippines have killed two terrorists of a local extremist organization sympathetic to the Daesh group, a police report said Saturday.
Police commandoes raided a hideout of the Ansar Khilafa Philippines (AKP) group in the coastal town of Maasim, killing two fighters, a police report said.
The commandoes recovered a cache of weapons including a sniper rifle, two carbines, rocket-propelled grenades, materials for making improvised explosive devices and a black flag of Daesh, which has captured large swathes of territory in the Middle East.
However the target of the raid, the group’s leader, Jaafar Maguid, escaped, the report added.
The AKP is one of several militant groups in the southern third of the largely-Catholic Philippines that have pledged allegiance to Daesh.
Authorities have said these groups have no direct link to Daesh and are merely using its name to gain prestige locally and in the hope of gaining the international terrorist group’s support and funding.


Interpol meets to select new president after China’s arrest

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Interpol meets to select new president after China’s arrest

  • Meng Hongwei was also China's vice president of public security
  • Interpol’s annual general assembly began on Sunday and runs until Wednesday

DUBAI: Interpol member-states are gathering in Dubai to select a new president after the agency’s former leader was detained in China.
Meng Hongwei— who was China’s vice minister of public security while also leading Interpol — went missing while on a trip to China in September. It later emerged that the long-time Communist Party insider with decades of experience in China’s security apparatus was detained as part of a wider anti-corruption sweep.
Interpol’s annual general assembly began on Sunday and runs until Wednesday, when member-states will vote on a new president for the coming year.
Interpol member-states will also be deciding whether to accept Kosovo as a full member, which would allow officials there to file red notices of arrest for Serbian officials that Kosovo considers war criminals.