>> Islamists are rising again in the war-torn Southern Philippines. And military sources exclusively tell Reuters extremists have built an estimated $40 million war chest of stolen cash and jewelry to regroup. The military took back Marawi City from Islamic state fighters last year after a five-month seige. But, one mastermind survived.
Humam Abdul Najib, AKA, Abu Dar, and he's rebuilding. Reuters' Tom Allard is in Malawi, near where Abu Dar is recruiting.>> According to the military, Abu Dar has been going around the villages and hamlets that skirt the great lake of lake Lanao, which is also adjacent to Marawi City, offering them money.
Abu Dar has been targeting young people, boys between the ages of 12 and 18, approaching their families and offering them 75,000 pesos. That's about $1,400 to join the course and then get a weapon. And a monthly retainer of up to 30,000 persons.>> A former hostage says the area militants controlled last year also included the city's three main banks.
Fighters used explosives to blow open the vaults before holing it away through cracks in the military's early blockade.>> Hostages we spoke to who were commandiered for the purposes of looting that money from banks, pawnshops, jewelry stores and homes, say the vans were literally overflowing with money and.
And that there were billions of pesos taken.>> With funds and the following of around 250 fighters so far, experts say Abu Dar may be in line to be Islamic State's leader in southeast Asia. Analysts also warn the group is growing in power. Insurgents wounded eight soldiers in attacks on Saturday, the first since Marawi.
And the military expects new terror attacks soon.