Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- A group of around 50 Islamist militants attacked an army battalion camp and burned a police car, officials said on Friday. The attack which was repelled by the Philippine military rekindled fears of a repeat of the Marawi city siege of 2017 when hundreds of Islamic State-allied guerrillas had attacked and taken over the city. The siege had caused a five-month long battle that left more than 1,200 dead and displaced over half a million residents of the city which was left in ruins.
The latest attack took place in the town of Datu Piang, situated 960 kilometres south of Manila, on Thursday (3 December) evening, said Lieutenant Colonel Alaric Delos Santos, a regional military spokesman.
The attackers were thought to belong to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, a breakaway faction of a Muslim rebel group that signed a peace agreement with the government in 2014.
"On their retreat, they saw a parked police car and burned it," spokesman Delos Santos said. "There was no firefight but the public was alarmed because a video of the burning car went viral on social media." There were no civilians or troops hurt in the incident, he added.