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Smoke billows from a burning building as government troops continue their assault against insurgents from the Maute group, who have taken over large parts of Marawi city, Philippines June 16.   © Reuters

Indonesia ramps up security over concerns about spread of extremists

Meetings of regional security officials to address IS threats and spillover of unrest from Philippines

ERWIDA MAULIA and CLIFF VENZON, Nikkei staff writers | Philippines

JAKARTA/MANILA -- The Indonesian military is beefing up security on Indonesian islands close to the southern Philippines to prevent the spread of influence of Islamic State-aligned militants, who are trying to take over Marawi city on the southern Phillipine island of Mindanao. Over 300 people have died in the nearly month-long battle, which is still raging on.

Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, commander of the Indonesian armed forces, known as TNI, on Thursday said troops had been dispatched to northern Indonesian regions and small islands close to Mindanao.

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