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Philippines mounts major operation to recapture JI militant

Police mounted a major operation in the southern Philippines to recapture fugitive Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) militant Fathur Rohman al-Ghozi, who escaped last week. Operations were focussed on the port of General Santos on Mindanao island, military sources in Manila and in Mindanao told AFP on Friday. ABS-CBN television reported that national police chief Hermogenes Ebdane was personally directing the operation from General Santos. Meanwhile, police on Friday asked the ombudsman to file charges against seven jailers of al-Ghozi, an Indonesian who escaped last week from a national police prison in Manila where he was serving a 17-year jail term for illegally procuring more than a tonne of explosives. Full Story

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