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Philippines Seizes Papers of Separatist

Government troops seized boxes of documents Sunday in the house of a Muslim separatist leader in the southern Philippines, including manuals on assassination, ambush and bombing techniques, military officials said. Pictures of rifle-clad children being trained as Moro Islamic Liberation Front guerrillas also were found in the house, which allegedly was the command post of MILF chairman Hashim Salamat. The sprawling rebel lair was captured after a weeklong military offensive, the officials said. “It means they’re training terrorists,” army Maj. Gen. Generoso Senga told reporters. “They’re training even child combatants.” With past police and military intelligence reports linking the MILF to the al-Qaida terrorist network, the military will examine the seized documents for a connection, army spokesman Maj. Julieto Ando said. The abandoned building and three nearby huts apparently used as Muslim prayer areas were in a heavily fortified compound. It was ringed by deep trenches and concrete fence with barbed wire. Full Story

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