Manila on Alert vs. new JI terror spree

October 16, 2006 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

Authorities in the capital are edgy over reports that some form of new attacks might be targeting the capital anew – this time – linked to Islamic militant groups with ties to the abu sayyaf and al qeada terror network. Last time the problems were with Military renegades and group named after a popular cigar bar.
Charges have been filed versus Indonesian JI members police believe responsible for attacks on several targets in central Mindanao areas.

Meanwhile; On Luzon high on the military and police radar is focused to a group called the RSM or Rajah Suleiman Movement.

In the past this particular group – has carried out a few attacks in capitol – one of worst ever JI-ASG bombings came into being though logistical support given to ASG-JI operatives who carried out the Super 14 bombing that killed over 100.

Another being a bus bombing along Edsa on a bus on Valentines day February 14th and several other foiled attempts where devices were discovered beforehand. I met and interviewed the bombers last year while they were in ISAFP custody in Camp Aguinaldo.
Mind you not all Balik Islam groups are involved in activities of these groups – a large number of those in the balik groups – are often in the Military or Police service – most end up highly deocrated and pious good standing members of the community.

The RSM is also tied to the HKT group and a small circle of extremists who work out of the capitol area too.

[] …”Philippines hunts militants planning to bomb Manila
Malaysia Star, Malaysia – Security officials said the Rajah Solaiman Islamic Movement has close ties with Abu Sayyaf, the most violent Muslim guerrilla group in the southern Philippines ” []

2 terrorists headed for Manila to stage attacks: military (4:30 pm
Sun.Star, Philippines – MANILA — Military intelligence agents are tracking down two bombers trained by the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and the Abu Sayyaf who are reportedly planning to

Philippines hunts militants planning to bomb Manila
Reuters.uk, UK Security officials said the Rajah Solaiman Islamic Movement has close ties with Abu Sayyaf, the most violent Muslim guerrilla group in the southern Philippines

Meanwhile : This develops as part of the major exercises take place for Balance Piston and the new round Balikatan training drills involving thousands of US troops and Philippine Military personnel scattered across the country from WESCOM on Palawan to North of Manila in Fort Magsaysay to areas in and around the Southern Philippines.

[] … US-RP troops start war drills
INQ7.net, Philippines – held an opening ceremony for the exercises, which will include live-fire drills and air, ground and naval maneuvers in the northern and southwestern Philippines []

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