Scrolling news:

Philippines: Gunman fires on extremism conference

2nd Mar 2016
Philippines: Gunman fires on extremism conference

By Roy Ramos

 

ZAMBOANGA, (AA) – Two Saudi men are reported to have been injured when a gunman opened fire on a symposium on extremism in a university in the Philippines south late Tuesday.

Among the injured were reported to be an Islamic scholar and a religious attache to the Saudi Embassy in Manila.

The Manila Times reported that the gunman was shot dead at the Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga by the men’s security entourage.

Zamboanga is a predominantly Christian city in the majority Muslim southern region.

Authorities have said that they have no idea how the gunman managed to evade university security.

The Philippines military is presently battling members of a Moro group (formerly known as the Khilafah Islamiyah Mindanao) with alleged ties to the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah in the southern region.

In the past week, at least 24 militants have been killed.

The militants are seeking to take advantage of the shelving of a law that would have sealed a peace process between the country’s one time largest Moro rebel group and the government.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front Vice Chairman for political affairs Ghadzali Jaafar claimed last week that armed groups who have been engaged in clashes with government troops in the south since the beginning of the month are dismayed by the failure of President Benigno Aquino III’s administration to pass Bangsamoro Basic Law.

BBL would have implemented a 2014 peace deal signed by the government and the MILF on Mar. 27, 2014 — encompassing the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro — bringing 17 years of peace negotiations in southern Mindanao island to a close.

However, the agreement has been shelved during the duration of the country’s presidential elections, leading to fears that such “terrorist” groups may try and take advantage of local frustrations to move into the territory.

 

[Photo: Philippine army soldiers stage an counter-terrorism operation against Maute terrorists, allegedly supports and linked with Daesh in Butig town of Lanao Del Sur province of Mindanao Island, Philippines on March 01, 2016. The conflict form the Butig Town in Lanao del sur started last Febuary 20 when the militants attacked the 51st Infantry Battalion detachment in Barangay Tayabao. Photographer: Lito Boras/AA]

Leave a Comment

What is 8 + 14 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

Over 120 people attended a landmark conference on the media reporting of Islam and Muslims. It was held jointly by The Muslim News and Society of Editors in London on September 15.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence event is to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to society. Over 850 people from diverse background, Muslim and non-Muslim, attended the gala dinner.

Latest Tweets