- In a first, Rs 3.2 crore given to save Filipinos from terror groups
- According to sources, the battle between Philippines forces and IS-affiliated groups is “like 26/11, going on for the past seven weeks”
- The battle has claimed lives of at least 90 soldiers, 380 terrorists and dozens of civilians
NEW DELHI: India has rushed financial assistance of $500,000 (25 million pesos or Rs 3.2 crore) to the Philippines as it battles IS-affiliated terror groups in the city of Marawi, 800km south of Manila, in the troubled Mindanao province.
Intended for relief and rehabilitation, it is the first time India is sending aid to another country to save itself from deadly terror groups.
The aid follows a conversation between external affairs minister Sushma Swarajand Philippines’ foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on July 6. A statement by the Indian embassy in Manila says Swaraj expressed “sympathies and condolences for the tragic loss of life in Marawi city.”