ISIS CALLS ON JIHADIST TO ATTACK MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT IN PHILIPPINES
A pro-ISIS social media channel tracked by the terror-monitoring SITE Intelligence Group has posted a video calling for the 2017 Miss Universe pageant set to take place in the Philippines to be targeted. We consider this as serious,” the tourism department of the Philippines said Tuesday. This was echoed by the national police, who said an intelligence group will be assigned to the event.
“That’s going to be looked at,” spokesman Senior Superintendent Dionardo Carlos told reporters, without elaborating. Two militant Islamist guerrilla groups from the south of the Philippines, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Abu Sayyaf rebels, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group back in 2014 in clips uploaded to YouTube.
The Philippines have repeatedly been mentioned as possible jihadist targets. In June, Islamic State called on its followers to focus their energy on fighting in Southeast Asia, in addition to battling in Iraq and Syria. In a propaganda video, the organization specifically called on extremists to target Malaysia and the Philippines.