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Philippines Hunts Bali Bomb Suspects in Mindanao

Philippine security forces are hunting four Indonesian militants, including two suspects in the October 2002 Bali bombing, in a marshy region on southern Mindanao island, an intelligence official said Monday. Philippine officials say there are nearly three dozen Indonesian and Malaysian militants hiding and training with a rogue faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the largest Muslim rebel group in the country. “There is an ongoing manhunt operation in central Mindanao,” said Chief Superintendent Ismael Rafanan, head of the national police’s intelligence group. “We’re after the big fish.” Military officials and analysts say that members of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) militant network, which was blamed for the Bali bombing, regularly use Mindanao for training and refuge with the assistance of at least some MILF factions. Full Story

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