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POLICE in the southern Philippine city of Cotabato have arrested an Egyptian man allegedly plotting a bomb attack on Christmas day.
The suspect, identified as Egyptian national Mohamad Sayed, was arrested during a raid on an apartment inside the Majad Islamic School in Cotabato.
Recovered from his room was an explosive device fashioned from a 60mm mortar shell and ball bearings attached to a timing device, which was later safely detonated.
Sayed, who also goes by the alias Abu Husein, was undergoing interrogation at police headquarters in Cotabato, said local police chief Superintendent Willie Dangane.
Mr Dangane said the Egyptian was captured after surveillance by the police and military.
He said intelligence reports indicated Mr Sayed planned to detonate the bomb at an undisclosed location in the city on Christmas Day.
It was not clear whether he was acting alone or was affiliated with any groups.
Among the items recovered from his room was a booklet on the organisation of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a rebel group that has been fighting to set up an Islamic state in the southern Philippines.