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'Madrid-Level' Bomb Attack Prevented, Philippines Says

Philippine officials announced Tuesday that they had averted a “Madrid-level” bombing attack on shopping malls and trains here with the arrest of four alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said in a nationally televised speech that the suspects were caught with 80 pounds of TNT and had previously taken part in some of the Philippines’ most notorious kidnappings and killings, including the 2001 beheading of hostage Guillermo Sobero of Corona, Calif. “The most dangerous terrorist cell of the Abu Sayyaf has been dismantled,” said Arroyo, who is running for reelection in a tight campaign. Full Story

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