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Duterte Puts Mindanao Under Martial Law on Militant Clashes

  • Philippine president cuts short official visit to Russia
  • Islamic State-linked group occupied city hall, burned church
Filiino security forces conduct patrol at a street following Duterte's declaration of Martial law in Mindanao on May 24.

Filiino security forces conduct patrol at a street following Duterte's declaration of Martial law in Mindanao on May 24.

Photographer: Cerilo Ebrano/EPA
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President Rodrigo Duterte cut short a trip to Russia, having put Mindanao island in the southern Philippines under martial law after renewed clashes between government troops and militants linked to Islamic State.

It’s the first imposition of martial law in the restive Muslim region since 2009 and will be in place for 60 days. Duterte told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that "ISIS occupied a province and there is still fighting going on.”