Contacts between Philippine Islamic extremists and their international counterparts are growing, as shown by the increased sophistication of bombs used in recent terror attacks, the president’s top spokesman said Wednesday. Intelligence reports have long suggested that the deadly Abu Sayyaf group and other local Islamic extremist groups have links to al-Qaida and the Southeast Asia regional terror network, Jemaah Islamiyah. “There are signs that these contacts are becoming closer, and they are able to exploit situations like the conflict in Sulu at a moment’s notice,” Silvestre Afable told The Associated Press. Full Story
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