Thursday, June 11, 2009

Jemaah Islamiyah Bomber caught in the Phillipines

Jemaah Islamiyah Bomber caught in the Phillipines

A Filipino bomb expert from the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) group, who is thought to have carried out a deadly attack on Manila in 2000 was arrested Thursday in the southern Philippines.

Ansar Venancio was arrested by government intelligence agents in Marawi
city, the Islamic heartland of southern Mindanao island. Venancio is believed to have been involved in the December 30, 2000 bombing of a commuter train in Manila that killed 22 people, as well as the 2003 attack on an international airport in southern Davao city, which left 21 people dead.

The Indonesia-based JI is blamed for the 2002 nightclub bombings
in Bali that killed 202 people, many of whom were tourists.

Dozens of JI foreign militants are believed to be hiding out in Mindanao island with the help of homegrown Islamic armed groups, including the 12,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the smaller Abu Sayyaf.

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