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Philippines Asks U.S. to See Hambali

The Philippines formally asked Washington on Tuesday to provide access to Asia’s most wanted terrorist suspect, accused of involvement in deadly bomb attacks and plots in Manila and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Hambali, an Indonesian also known as Riduan Isamuddin, was captured last week in Thailand, handed over to U.S. authorities and flown to an undisclosed site for interrogation. Hambali is believed to be the operations chief of Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian extremist Islamic group with suspected links to al-Qaida, and Osama bin Laden’s point man in the region. He has been accused of involvement in a string of bombing plots and attacks, including the deadly blasts on Bali last October and the Aug. 5 attack at the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta. In the Philippines, Hambali has been indicted for his alleged involvement in bombings that killed 22 people in Manila on Dec. 30, 2000, and an arrest warrant has been issued. Full Story

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