A planned attack in Manila foiled. “Philippines: Security Forces Foiled Terror Attack,” from AKI, with thanks to Cindy:
Cotabato City, 28 August (AKI) – Security forces in the Philippines have foiled a major terror attack as three suspected members of the home grown terrorist group, Abu Sayyaf, were arrested while boarding a Super Ferry in Parang, Maguindanao (Mindanao), bound for the capital Manila. The Filipino army’s Lt. Col. Julieto Ando, Army’s Sixth Infantry Division spokesperson, told reporters on Monday that the three were carrying explosives and that the attack was to be carried out in Manila.
“They were about to board the Superferry on Sunday when we arrested them. Our informer knew them as the bombers. Their initial plan was to board the ferry and carry out the bombings in Manila in exchange for money”, he told reporters.
“Two improvised explosive devices were found on them,” he added.
The arrest of the three came as a report said the police fear bombings during the upcoming fifth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.