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Philippine Rebel Tells of Terror Link

A suspected rebel commander told investigators that the regional extremist group Jemaah Islamiyah helped Philippine rebels carry out a series of deadly bombings in Manila that killed 22 people in 2000, police said Monday. The chiefs of the Philippines’ anti-terror police said the disclosure proves links between the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Jemaah Islamiyah, a militant group operating in many Southeast Asian nations and blamed for the October bombings in Bali, Indonesia that killed 202 people. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has consistently said it condemns terrorism and denies links to Jemaah Islamiyah, a group allegedly connected to al-Qaida. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and police officials presented the alleged MILF commander, Saifulla Yunos, at a press conference at a press conference in Manila on Monday. Handcuffed and dressed in an orange prison shirt, Yunos stared blankly and was not allowed to talk. Full Story

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