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A Philippine soldier stands guard in front of damaged buildings in Marawi on Sept. 4.   © Reuters

Philippines works to contain, finish extremists in Mindanao

Neighbors on alert to keep Islamic State-linked militants from spilling out

JUN ENDO and TAKASHI NAKANO, Nikkei staff writers | Philippines

MANILA/SINGAPORE -- As Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's forces fight to regain control over Marawi, where more than 850 people have died since extremist militants took the city in May, he also faces the challenge of preventing the violence from spilling into other regions in and outside the country.

Duterte pledged to continue fully supporting government troops in Marawi on Monday during his fourth trip to the southern city since the conflict began. He spent about an hour and a half thanking soldiers and police.

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