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Four suspected Jemaah Islamiyah arrested

4 Arrested in Philippines in Raid Aimed at Islamic Militant Group
Carlos H. Conde | Manila | June 30

NYT – The Philippine police on Tuesday arrested four people suspected of being members of Jemaah Islamiyah, the Southeast Asian Islamic militant network, during an early morning raid here. Officials said the four had been planning to carry out attacks to disrupt the inauguration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Wednesday.

Ammonium nitrate, clocks, electrical wires and other bomb-making materials and a manual on how to make bombs were found in the house where the suspects were staying, the police said.

4 Arrested in Philippines in Raid Aimed at Islamic Militant Group
By CARLOS H. CONDE

Published: June 30, 2004

ANILA, June 29 – The Philippine police on Tuesday arrested four people suspected of being members of Jemaah Islamiyah, the Southeast Asian Islamic militant network, during an early morning raid here. Officials said the four had been planning to carry out attacks to disrupt the inauguration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Wednesday.

Ammonium nitrate, clocks, electrical wires and other bomb-making materials and a manual on how to make bombs were found in the house where the suspects were staying, the police said.

A spokesman for the Philippine National Police, Joel Goltiao, said the four were believed to be members of Jemaah Islamiyah who had begun planning their attack two weeks ago and arrived in Manila on Sunday from the southern Philippines.

“They definitely had a plan to sow terror,” said Bartolome Bustamante, the spokesman for the police unit that conducted the raid. He said the police were doing additional background checks to determine whether the men had been involved in previous terror attacks.

The police were scheduled to deploy thousands of officers to guard the inauguration of Mrs. Arroyo on Wednesday. She was to deliver a speech in Manila in the morning and then fly to Cebu City, in the central Philippines, to take her oath of office.

Jemaah Islamiyah, the group responsible for bombing two nightclubs in Bali, Indonesia, that killed more than 200 people in 2002, had been involved in a number of terrorist attacks in Manila and in Mindanao. The authorities have arrested several foreigners, many of them Indonesians, believed to be operatives of Jemaah Islamiyah.

Officials here disclosed last week that about 40 members of group, which is based in Indonesia and is said to have links with Al Qaeda, are in the southern Philippines. On Monday, officials announced a new round of training exercises by American and Filipino troops to hunt down members of the group.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a group fighting for a separate Islamic state for Filipino Muslims in the south, has been accused of providing sanctuary to Jemaah Islamiyah members, a charge it has denied.

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