Philippine Jihad Update from AKI, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
Butuan City, 23 August (AKI) – Security forces in the Philippines have found 10 sacks of ammonium nitrate, a chemical used in the manufacture of bombs, in southern Philippines. The authorities said on Wednesday they believe the Abu Sayyaf militant group – which the United States says has links to al-Qaeda – wanted to use the chemicals to make explosives. The find by the Filipino army comes just over a week after the seizure of 6,000 blasting caps from a person on board a ferry in the southern island of Jolo, according to a report by the Philippines News Agency (PNA).
The authorities also said that the blasting caps were similar to those used by the Abu Sayyaf in previous bombings in Zamboanga City and Jolo.