March 31, 2005

Palestinian Bomb Maker Training Islamist Terrorists in Philippines

Why does this not surpirse me? Sun Star

Authorities have arrested a Palestinian man who allegedly trained al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf guerrillas in the past and returned to the Philippines for a possible terror mission, government officials said Thursday.

Fawas Ajjur, whom security officials suspect may be an al-Qaida operative, was arrested Saturday in Zamboanga City as he arrived after a baffling, circuitous journey that took him to Russia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines, the officials said.

Ajjur did not have a visa and was taken into custody by immigration agents at the Zamboanga airport, Immigration Commissioner Alipio Fernandez Jr. said.

He was later allegedly identified by captured Abu Sayyaf guerrillas as one of the foreign militants who trained them in bomb-making near Patikul town of Jolo island a few years ago, a security official said on condition of anonymity.

Hat tip Internet Haganah

Related: Arroyo's approval ratings in the tank. It's just hard to take a person that openly pays ransom for hostages seriously when they say they are committed to fighting the war on terrorism.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:52 PM | Comments |