‘The fight is not over’: fears of Isis resurgence in Philippines

A military commander in the Philippines has warned that the country’s fight against Isis is far from over after a deadly church bombing on the island of Mindanao involving local militant groups that have pledged allegiance to the jihadist group.

The warning from military commander Colonel Romeo Brawner comes just over a year after Isis was defeated in Marawi City, in the south of the country, after a five-month battle between government forces and Isis-affiliated militants.

The Philippine government is continuing to search for the last known surviving leader of the main force behind the siege – Maute Group’s Owaidah Benito Marohombsar, known as Abu Dar, following the discovery of his training camp.