Three Sukhoi jets deployed to Tarakan to prevent terrorists from entering territory

Three Sukhoi jets deployed to Tarakan to prevent terrorists from entering territory

Three Sukhoi jets deployed to Tarakan to prevent terrorists from entering territory

Maritime command centres to coordinate the patrols and information sharing will also be set up in Tawau in Malaysia's Sabah and Bongao in the Philippines.

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Southeast Asian neighbors Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have agreed to intensify their fight against Islamic militants who have laid siege to a southern Philippine city.

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Chief of the Air Force base in Tarakan, Colonel Didik Krisyanto was quoted as saying by Antara news Sunday that the three Sukhoi aircraft, arrived on Friday to stay for a month in Tarakan to help forestall possible infiltration of the radicals from entering Indonesia after large scale offensive by the Philippine government military.

Indonesia's military chief Gatot Nurmantyo said the patrols are timely as his country tries to stop any militants from Marawi escaping to Indonesia while posing as refugees.

A port town, Tarakan is just south of the Malaysian side of Borneo and looks out across the sea to Mindanao in the southern Philippines, a sprawling island that has been plagued by insurgencies and banditry for decades.

A police mobile brigade corp had also been sent to northern areas on Sulawesi island to prevent militants from crossing the border, it said.

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"We see these functioning as a triangle, like a spider's web, where everything inside the triangle will be monitored", said Nurmantyo said of the centres.

Illustrating the insecurity in the area, Eman, a 31-year-old fisherman from a village near Tarakan, said he was robbed three times last year by pirates in speed boats.

The devastating collapse in security has alarmed neighbours such as Indonesia and Malaysia, and defence and army chiefs from the three countries are due to meet in Tarakan on Monday for a ceremony to mark the launch of patrols in the seas between the countries.

The launch was attended by the three countries' defense ministers and marked by an Indonesian navy sail-past and a fly-past of Sukhoi fighter jets.

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