Police: Suspected terrorist arrested in S. Philippines

MANILA, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) — A suspected terrorist, planning to carry out bomb attacks in key Philippine cities, has been arrested in the southern city of Cotabato, the police said on Friday.

Guiamalodin Edsrafil, 24, was arrested by the police on Tuesday, the country’s police chief Jesus Verzosa told reporters.

Edsfaril had admitted that the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group (ASG) jointly planned to bomb several targets in major cities across the country, according to the director general of the Philippine National Police.

“I am happy to announce that government security forces have foiled an elaborate plan by separatist and extremist groups to sow terror in some key cities in the country, including Metro Manila,” Verzosa said.

The police had seized bomb materials from Edsrafil’s hiding place, including three electric blasting caps, 6 inches of detonating cord, and two Christmas light bulbs to be used as an “igniter,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer said in an online report….

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