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SUSPECTED AL-QAEDA FUND CONDUIT ARRESTED IN ZAMBO

Police have arrested a suspected member of the Jemaah Islamiyah who allegedly helped arrange the transfer of al-Qaeda funds to finance bombings in the country, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported yesterday. PNP Intelligence Group director Chief Superintendent Ismael Rafanan said the suspect, Khair Maldan Mudos, has been serving as one of the al-Qaeda contacts of Abu Sayyaf chieftain Khaddafy Janjalani in the Middle East to finance the operations of the terror group. Rafanan presented Mudos before a news conference held at the Department of Defense at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City yesterday. Rafanan said Mudos used his connections in the country and in the Middle East to funnel at least $89,000 to the Abu Sayyaf to buy explosives, speedboats and weapons. While in Saudi Arabia, Mudos raised the money for the Abu Sayyaf and had “dealings with Al Haramain, a non-government organization that has been linked by intelligence agencies to terrorist activities,” Defense Secretary Eduardo Ermita added. Full Story

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