Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Philippines: 5 foreign terror suspects hiding here (AP)

MANILA, Philippines ? A Philippine military commander says at least five foreign al-Qaida-linked extremists have been hiding in a remote southern island. Washington has offered a huge bounty for the capture of one.

Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer said Tuesday that the five roam Jolo island and link local Abu Sayyaf militants to foreign terrorist groups like al-Qaida. That could provide funds and combat training.

Ferrer says one of the militants is Zulkifli bin Hir. Washington has offered a $5 million reward for the capture or killing of the U.S.-trained Malaysian engineer for past attacks.

Officials say the others are two Indonesians, a Singaporean and another Malaysian.

U.S. troops have been providing non-combat help to help capture the terror suspects.


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