Southeast Asia is in danger of an increased risk of extremist violence, a think-tank report has revealed.
The report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) found the main source of danger in the Philippines, particularly its southern region, the Malay Mail Online reported. It may be remembered that an ISIS-affiliate claimed responsibility for the bombing in Davao earlier last month, which caused at least 14 deaths and 70 injuries.
The IPAC added that the Islamic State have links to other Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia and Malaysia. A militant based in the Philippines was allegedly proclaimed “amir”, or leader, of the entire region.
Even more, law enforcement agencies are reportedly unprepared to face growing threats. The first known attack in the Southeast Asian region was carried out in Jakarta back in January.
The IPAC warned:
“Most law enforcement agencies retain a strongly national orientation, without in-house expertise on groups outside their own borders.”
The report follows U.S. ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg’s statement that America wants to remain involved in battling the militant insurgency in southern Philippines.
Meanwhile, Southeast Asians in the Middle East reportedly formed their own pro-IS military unit called “Katibah Nusantara Lid Daulah Islamiyyah.”