PNP on full alert amid fears that Taliban’s control of Afghanistan could motivate local rebel groups to intensify attacks in Mindanao

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Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said Wednesday that police forces are continuously monitoring Mindanao citing fears that the Taliban’s capture of Afghanistan may inspire local rebel groups to intensify their attacks.

“Sa ngayon, maayos at kontrolado natin ang sitwasyon doon,” said Eleazar adding that the PNP are also working with the military.

“Hindi namin hahayaan na makapaghasik ng kaguluhan sa bansa ang mga lokal na terorista para sabayan ang gulo sa Afghanistan,” the PNP chief added.

He stated that state forces are on high alert and that intelligence collecting operations will be stepped up.

After the United States withdrawn its soldiers earlier this week, the Taliban took control of the whole country of Afghanistan, bringing an end to a two-decade war.

According to CNN, the country is now facing the return to power of an Islamic fundamentalist group, which, if history repeats itself, will result in a worsening of human liberties, particularly for women and girls.

Meanwhile, local and foreign radicals have attacked Mindanao in the past.

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