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Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines launched maritime patrols today to intensify their fight against militants who have laid siege to a southern Philippine city.

Defense ministers and military chiefs of the three countries launched the patrols in Indonesia's Borneo state just across the border from Sabah, Malaysia.

Indonesia's military chief, Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo said Maritime Command Centers have also been opened in the cities of Tawau in Malaysia and Bongao in the Philippines.

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