TERRORISM

Nations agree to boost fight against IS in Southeast Asia

A six-nation summit co-hosted by Indonesia and Australia has agreed to set up a forum to strengthen cooperation between intelligence services to counter extremist threats.

Security ministers and officials from Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and New Zealand held a one-day meeting on Saturday in Manado, the capital of Indonesia's North Sulawesi province, focusing on the Islamic State group attack on the southern Philippine city of Marawi.

Indonesia's top security minister, Wiranto, told a news conference that the six countries agreed to establish the Foreign Terrorist Fighters Forum to strengthen information sharing and cooperation between law enforcement and intelligence services.

The Marawi occupation has raised fears that the Islamic State group's violent ideology has taken root in the Philippines' restive south and could destabilize neighboring countries.