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Philippines: Arrests halted terror plot

Police said Thursday they thwarted planned attacks on an airport, malls, a church and U.S. troops with the arrests of three members of an al-Qaida linked terror group who allegedly came to the Philippines to train Muslim militants to make bombs. The two Indonesians and a Malaysian – all alleged Jemaah Islamiyah members – were arrested in southern Zamboanga city in December along with a Filipino member of the Abu Sayyaf Muslim extremist group with bomb-making manuals, bomb parts and money for attacks, officials said. “We were able to foil an attempt to bring into the country terrorists with firearms, with training materials, with explosives, before they can do their thing,” Interior Secretary Angelo Reyes told reporters as the men were presented to media. One of them shouted “Allahu akbar!” – or “God is great.” The men allegedly belonged to a previously unknown Jemaah Islamiyah terror cell in the country, the authorities said. Full Story

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