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Al-Ghozi's Captors Back to Square One

Military intelligence agents who earlier captured Jemaah Islamiah (JI) bomber Fathur Rohman Al-Ghozi have been assigned to recapture him after his escape from a police jail, a spokesman said yesterday. Policemen staking out a Muslim part of Manila in their hunt for Fathur Rohman Al-Ghozi. — AP The military intelligence team that conducted surveillance on Al-Ghozi, leading to his arrest in Manila in January last year, has been recalled to hunt him down again, Colonel Daniel Lucero said. The team is familiar with Al-Ghozi and his contacts and could provide valuable assistance to the police who are searching for the Indonesian fugitive, he added. Al-Ghozi slipped out of the Philippine police headquarters’ jail on July 14. His escape, along with two members of the Abu Sayyaf Muslim kidnapping group, has harmed the Philippines’ image as a reliable ally in the war against terror. It has also raised questions of possible police connivance in the jailbreak. Six police guards are facing administrative charges while four are also facing criminal charges after security at the jail was exposed as extremely lax, with guards either absent or asleep. Full Story

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