Duterte fears terrorists will resort to 'lone wolf' attacks

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 27) — President Rodrigo Duterte said he is afraid terrorists may resort to "lone wolf" attacks in the country.

"Pati nga ako natatakot in the sense that they might want — opt to 'yung lone wolf na naman because they have tried massive violent activity and they were defeated," Duterte said at the sixth Philippine Professional Summit in Manila on Thursday.

[Translation: Even I'm afraid, in the sense that they might want to opt to do lone wolf attacks because they have tried massive violent activity and they were defeated.]

The President referred to Islamic extremism in Mindanao in the wake of the Marawi City siege by ISIS-inspired Maute.

"They might, I said, opt to something more than just like a similar violent experimentation with the lone wolf. Saka 'yung mga truck na you drive into a crowd and just kill anybody [And those attacks where you drive into a crowd and just kill anybody]," he added.

Duterte previously warned of possible retaliatory attacks from terrorists and their supporters.

READ: Duterte: Prepare for possible terrorist plots after Marawi liberation

Duterte admitted the challenge in confronting isolated attacks, notably those in Europe.

"You would not know when there's a lone wolf or a ton of explosives. Hindi mo talaga mabasa [You can't figure it out]," he added.

A number of European countries suffered from terrorist attacks. In August, a Moroccan national plowed into a Barcelona crowd, killing 13 people and leaving 100 injured.

Early September, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May announced the terror threat in her country was raised from "severe" to "critical" after an explosion in a subway. Another explosion at an Ariana Grande concert happened in Manchester last May.

On Oct. 1, Parisian authorities considered a stabbing incident in Marseilles a terror attack which left two women dead.