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Philippines nabs deadly hotel bombing planner

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14:28, November 30, 2011

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Joint government anti-terror operatives captured a man, tagged as the planner of the deadly hotel bombing that killed three people and wounded 27 others, during a raid Tuesday night in a village outside this city, according to local police.

Elpedio de Asis, Police Regional Office 9 (PRO) director identified the captured suspect as Hussien Ahadin alias Abu Asraf, a member of the Abu Sayyaf's urban terror group (UTG) that planned the bombing in Atilano Pension House in downtown on Sunday night.

De Asiss said the suspect is under the group of Abu Sayyaf sub- leaders Abu Moadz and Ustadz Ibni Acosta, who were also responsible for the bombing of the cockpit center in San Roque village on Oct. 9 that left five people wounded.

"Hussien is said to be the planner in the bombing of Atilano Pension House," De Asis said.

De Asis said Hussien was captured at about 8 p.m Tuesday in a village east of Zamboanga by the joint elements of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operation (DIPO) Western Mindanao, Philippine Center for Transnational Crime (PCTC) under Director Felizardo Serapio, the police Special Action Force (SAF) Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO).

The captured suspect was placed under tactical debriefing, de Asis added.

A powerful bomb exploded at the Atilano Pension House in Zamboanga City, southern Philippines Sunday night, killing three people and injuring 27 others. The blast also caused major damage to the budget hotel. After the incident, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has ordered an immediate investigation into the bombing incident.

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