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Iraq Diplomat Linked to Zamboanga Bombing

A Philippine intelligence report has linked a senior Iraqi diplomat in Manila to a deadly bomb attack by the Abu Sayyaf in Zamboanga City that killed an American soldier and wounded another in October last year, Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas Ople said yesterday. Ople made the disclosure to reporters after he summoned Iraqi Chargé d’Affaires Samir Bolus and informed him about the report on the diplomat, identified as Second Secretary Husham Hussain. Citing a “highly detailed” report from the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Ople said the NICA had traced cellular phone calls made by the Abu Sayyaf to Hussain. “It appeared that immediately after the bombing, there was a call to the (Iraqi) embassy” by a man identified by the NICA as an Abu Sayyaf guerrilla, he said. “The call was to Hussain,” Ople said. “So I have put the Iraqi embassy on notice that these activities are monitored by the intelligence community.” Full Story

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