Terror Trio Escape an 'Inside Job'
Police have hinted that three Islamic militants, with links to a Southeast Asian terror network, who escaped from a police fortress on Monday likely walked free with the assistance of the facility’s guards. The Philippine National Police Chief, Hermogenes Ebdane, on Tuesday said the escapees did not use force to escape, suggesting police complicity. Indonesian Fathur Rohman Al-Ghozi, said to be terror group Jemaah Islamiyah’s (JI) demolition man who plotted bombing carnage across Southeast Asia, slipped away before dawn on Monday with two suspected members of the outlawed radical Islamic group Abu Sayyaf. “I inspected the site and investigated and I found out that it was impossible for someone to go out. I realized you can’t go out without assistance,” national Police Chief Hermogenes Ebdane said. A manhunt is now underway for the trio, with police saying Al-Ghozi’s bomb-making skills, underground contacts and fanaticism make him a regional security threat once more. Full Story