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Philippines Blames Guards for Militant's Escape

Philippine police recommended on Wednesday that four prison officers be charged with negligence for the escape of a notorious Islamic militant from a maximum-security jail this week. There was still no word on the whereabouts of Fathur Rohman al-Ghozi, an Indonesian believed to be the chief bomb-maker for the Jemaah Islamiah network, who escaped from a special detention center at Manila’s national police headquarters on Monday. There were no signs of a forced break-out and police have said it was likely guards were bribed. “If there was collusion, this is the gravest act against our national security done so far by persons within the government,” President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said in a statement. Embarrassed and angered, she had sacked the guards watching al-Ghozi’s cell immediately after the escape came to light. On Wednesday, she appointed a commission of inquiry and insisted on a report within 30 days. Full Story

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