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A suspected member of the Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf group was fatally shot after he grabbed a soldier's rifle and tried to escape following his capture, officials said Friday.
B>MANILA: /B>The chairman of the Philippines' largest Muslim separatist group yesterday denied for the first time any links to the regional terror group Jemaah Islamiah as rebel and government representatives held informal talks in Malaysia.
Anticipation is growing among Philippine government officials that they are finally getting to the bottom of the Sipadan and Pandanan kidnappings three years ago. Senior Philippine officials contacted in the southern city of Zamboanga said that details on the Abu Sayyaf kidnappers given by former hostage Roland Ullah had been invaluable.
B>MANILA: /B>The Philippines ordered a nationwide hunt yesterday after one of the region's top Islamic militants escaped from a high-security prison, apparently with the connivance of his guards.
The shock escape of a top bomb-maker of a regional terrorist group from a high-security Philippines jail could have been an 'inside job' aimed at embarrassing President Gloria Arroyo, a key US ally in the global war on terror, officials said yesterday.