Philippine officers in a campaign against militant groups in Lanao Del Sur on May 25 (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)
Jakarta (VNA) – About 38 Indonesian citizens were alleged to involve in militant activities in Marawi city in Philippine southern island of Mindanao, according to Indonesian national police spokesperson Setyo Wasisto.

The suspects comprised of 37 men and 1 woman. Among them, four were supposed to be dead, 12 were deported to Indonesia while 22 remained in the Philippines. 

Previously, Philippine police revealed that seven Indonesian nationals were in the wanted list for allegedly involving in activities of the Islamic State (IS) group -linked Maute militant group. 

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law in Mindanao island to mid-July, after the violence erupted in Marawi on May 23 as security forces attempted to capture Isnilon Hapilon, a commander of the Abu Sayyaf group and leader of a branch of IS group in the Philippines. 

The fight between government forces and Maute group is still ongoing. To date, over 100 people were killed in the violence, including 16 civilians.-VNA