Soldiers of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) (Source: rilek1corner.com)
 
Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone should be on full alert of any threat to national security from the Islamic State (IS) or other extremist groups.

RMAF Air Operations Chief Lieutenant General Abdul Mutalib Abd Wahab gave the reminder on June 19 following the clash between Philippine troops and militant groups having close link to the IS in Marawi city.

Wahab said that some of the militants might have fled to Malaysia, thus RMAF personnel should be aware of what is happening within the border areas with neighbouring countries.

Earlier, the Philippine arm said that some Muslim gunmen pledging loyalty to the IS may have mingled with evacuees from Marawi city on Mindanao island, southern Philippines.

Security swing in southern Philippines has been a wake-up call to neighbouring nations like Indonesia and Malaysia. In recent years, rebel groups in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia have displayed the flag of the IS.

Experts warned that Minadao will be the IS’s target in the region after its failure in Syria and Iraq. IS-backed militant groups’ battle to control Marawi city raises concern that the IS is seeking to build a base in Southeast Asia, threatening regional security.-VNA