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Another Abu Sayyaf plot to bomb US Embassy foiled

ANOTHER plot to bomb the US Embassy on Roxas Boulevard in Manila was foiled after police intelligence agents arrested an Abu Sayyaf bomb expert reportedly trained by the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah. An intelligence report from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Intelligence Group shown to The Manila Times identified the Abu Sayyaf bomb expert as Ibrahim Mutuc Kessel, alias Abdul Mujahid. The report said Mutuc was arrested for multiple-murder charges on November 19 on Washington Street, Makati City, by operatives of the PNP-IG “Task Force” armed with an arrest warrant issued by the Makati Regional Trial Court. The report said Mutuc was tasked by Abdul Manap Mentang to bomb the US Embassy. Authorities earlier arrested Mentang and two others, Monawara Usop and Mursid Mubpon, on October 6 and 7 in Santa Ana, Manila. The report also said Mutuc, who was involved in the bombing of the Awang airport in Cotabato City in April 2003, and the Superferry 14 bombing on February 27, 2003, was trained by JI bomb experts. Full Story

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