Friday, January 20, 2006


Shake With The Right, Stab With The Left

A Muslim cleric has been arrested in the Phillipines for his involvement in a series of bombings in the country 5 years ago. The twist? He was part of an Islamic group holding peace negotiations with the Arroyo administration :

UNDERCOVER operatives in Maguindanao arrested a Muslim cleric linked to a series of bomb attacks in various places in the country, military officials said yesterday.

AFP Public Information Office chief Col. Tristan Kison said Ustadz Abdulgani Pagao, said to be a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) holding peace negotiations with the Arroyo administration, is now undergoing tactical interrogation in Manila.

Pagao was arrested near a military base in Awang, Maguindanao, last Tuesday, Kison said.

He said Pagao is being held for his alleged participation in numerous bomb atacks in Mindanao and Manila five years ago that resulted in the killing and injury of hundreds of people.

According to Kison, members of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group had conducted the operations while the military assisted in taking custody of the suspect.

Kison said there are reports that Pagao attended the same univeristy in Tripoli, Libya, with the late Abdurajak Abubakar Janjalani, founder of Abu Sayyaf and older brother of present ASG chief Khadaffy Janjalani.

The military said the Abu Sayyaf has ties with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terror network.

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