Tuesday, April 11, 2006

JI plans bomb attacks in key cities

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Cagayan Journal / April 12) The suspected muslim terrorists, Jimaah Islamiya are planning to conduct bombing operation starting April 16, police reports said Tuesday
The Regional Intelligence and Detection Group based in Camp Alagar said the target areas are cities of Davao, General Santos Koronadal, Zamboanga and Makati.
Regional police director Chief Superintendent Florante Baguio said, he received reports an hour after a command conference in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
:We're strengthening now our security in the region. Our policemen are now on alert and strenthening intelligence gathering for these terrorists to counter," Baguio said.
Baguio said a certain Jeya Ewal and six others were tasked to conduct the operation in Davao City.
He also said that a certain Siyah Muhar with seven members were tasked to operate in General Santos and Koronadal Cities and Abdul Muhamad and six others in Zamboanga and Basit Alharem together with six members were assigned in Makati City.
"They are all Indonesian citizens and have trainings here as what reported," Baguio said adding they are still conducting validation and intensify intelligence monitoring and initiate appropriate security measures for possible diversionary attacks," said Baguio.
Meanwhile, Army;s 4th Infantry Division commanding general Cardozo Luna ordered different local army battalion commanders in his area in Northern Mindanao to strengthen security in the region for the said terrorist attacks.
"We are now on continuous alert. We are also focusing on that intelligence report even the intesified operations against the NPA," Luna said.
Last month, a powerful bomb explosion ripped through a passenger bus in Digos City in Davao del Sur province. wounding at least 17 people.
"The rebels here in region 10 stepped attacks against us these past few weeks because some of their comrades killed," Luna said.

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