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Philippine president declares martial law to fight ISIS

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Posted at 3:53 PM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 13:02:27-04

LLIGAN CITY, PHILIPPINES (CNN PHILIPPINES) - Military controlled roadblocks are part of the martial law imposed in the Philippines by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The president said the measure is needed to fight the threat from terror groups linked to ISIS.

The new policy applies to the entire island of Mindanao in the southern part of the country.

Mindanao is home to a sizable Muslim population, which is in stark contrast to the remainder of the country, which is overwhelmingly Catholic.

Three soldiers have died and a dozen people have been injured in clashes with militants.

A government spokesman said martial law will last at least 60 days in Mindanao.

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