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Philippines on Alert for Election Terror Attack

The Philippines is on high alert for terror attacks ahead of Monday’s election after security forces arrested several suspected Muslim militants, seized explosives and uncovered a cell linked to al Qaeda. National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales warned of a “ruthless scheme” by the opposition for protests, bombings or even an attempted power grab if film star Fernando Poe Jr loses to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Poe’s camp issued a statement criticising Gonzales for making “provocative and alarming” comments. About 43 million voters will flock to polling stations at schools and town halls on May 10 to elect a president and more than 17,000 national, provincial and local officials. The government, which has marshalled thousands of police and army reinforcements into Manila, said on Thursday the anti-terror task force uncovered a cell of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) group of regional militants linked to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network. Full Story

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