- Indonesia boosts border security in case Maute Group members are forced to flee from the Philippines to Indonesian soil
- Three Sukhoi fighter jets were deployed in an airfield in Tarakan, East Kalimantan
- Local residents and fishermen were told to be on the lookout for suspicious people trying to cross the border
Three Sukhoi fighter jets were deployed at an airbase in Borneo to boost security in case fleeing Islamist extremists who attacked Marawi City in Lanao del Sur in the Philippines try to escape to Indonesia.
According to Reuters, Colonel Didik Krisyanto, head of Tarakan Airfield located in the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan, said three Sukhoi fighter jets arrived last Friday, June 16, and would remain in the airfield in the event that Maute Group members might cross the maritime border to Indonesia.
“The militants might flee the Philippines and be forced to cross the border to Indonesia,” Colonel Didik Krisyanto said.
Local residents and fishermen in border areas facing the Philippines were also asked by Indonesian naval authorities to be on the lookout for suspicious people trying to cross the border and report them to local authorities.
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Article originally posted: June 19, 2017, 4:18 am (UTC-0). Last update: June 19, 2017 at 4:18 am (UTC-0).