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Philippine army says foreigners still train rebels

The Philippine military said on Monday foreign militants continued to train with homegrown Muslim rebel groups on the southern island of Mindanao, sharing their skills in making improvised bombs. Citing intelligence reports, a military spokesman said there were about 30 Indonesian and Malaysian militants known to be members of the regional network Jemaah Islamiah (JI) hiding and training with Philippine rebels in the south. JI is blamed for the October 2002 bombings in Bali that killed nearly 200 people, most of them Australians, and an attack on the Australian embassy in Jakarta in September 2004. “The JI members are expected to continue exploiting local Muslim secessionist rebels by sharing their demolition skills in waging jihad against the Philippine government,” said a military statement. Full Story

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