Philippines: Moslems Move Against Islamic Terrorists

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October13, 2006: Over the last week, The American, Australian, British, Canadian and Japanese embassies warned their citizens to be careful in the southern Philippines, because of the danger of attacks by Islamic terrorists. The government believes that factions of the MILF are becoming more active in their support of Islamic radicals.

October 11, 2006: Three bombs went off in the south, yesterday and today, killing seven and wounding 30. These were believed in response to continued operations on Jolo, against Abu Sayyaf and other Islamic terrorist groups there. On Jolo island, troops clashed with Abu Sayyaf, leaving two soldiers, and several rebels, dead.

October 8, 2006: NPA attacked a construction site, for a new airport, and destroyed construction equipment. The NPA men were disguised as policemen, and were thus able to disarm the security force at the site. This attack is believed to be part of an NPA extortion effort against the construction company.

October 7, 2006: MILF leaders admitted that some of the organizations members had links to Islamic terrorists. The MILF is now conducting an investigation of members suspected of terrorist activity.

October 6, 2006: On Jolo, police have arrested the wife of a major Indonesian Islamic terrorist.

 

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