Philippine troops arrest terrorist suspect

08:39, April 13, 2011      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Philippine security forces on Tuesday arrested a member of the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) with links to the Southeast Asian regional terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah, a top military official said.

Army chief Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz said the suspect, a member of the MILF's 105th Command identified as Abi Pamanay, alias Abi Silongan and Abe, was nabbed by joint forces of the Army's 104th Brigade and 46th Infantry Battalion around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Pamanay is a "senior associate" of Abdulbasit Usman, an MILF bomber who has linkages with the Abu Sayyaf and the JI Ortiz said, adding that Pamanay is a member of the Special Operations Group of the MILF's 105th Base Command.

"The subject (Pamanay) is a local contact of the Jemaah Islamiyah that operates in southern Mindanao," said Ortiz, citing initial reports from the field.

Philippine intelligence officials say the MILF and the Abu Sayyaf have ties with the JI, which has funded a number of terrorist attacks in the Philippines. According to those officials, the JI has about 30 to 40 operatives in the Philippines, some of whom were involved in the 2002 Bali bombings in Indonesia.

Source: Xinhua
  Weekly review  


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • BRICS Leaders' Meeting 2011
  • Focus On China
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Real Madrid prepares for upcoming Champions League match
  • Police detain several suspects in Minsk metro bombing
  • C. China's Hunan fights against drought
  • Gulls enjoys spring in Lhasa
  • Berlusconi's judiciary battle takes to public stage outside Milan courthouse
  • Cote d'Ivoire's Gbagbo arrested by Outtara's force
Most Popular
Hot Forum Dicussion