Philippines arrests alleged al Qaeda-linked bomber

The Abu Sayyaf has been weakened by years of US-backed Philippine offensives but remains a threat.

Manila: Officials say police have arrested a suspected al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf bomber involved in the 2002 killing of an American Green Beret and a recent hotel blast that killed three people.

Paquito Ochoa, who heads the government`s Anti-terrorism Council, says police and military intelligence officers captured Hussein Ahaddin late Tuesday in his hide-out near the southern city of Zamboanga.

Police said Wednesday that Ahaddin belonged to an urban-based squad of the Abu Sayyaf in Zamboanga city. He is believed to be involved in six deadly bombings, including in Monday`s blast that killed three people and wounded 27 others at a budget hotel in the city.
The Abu Sayyaf has been weakened by years of US-backed Philippine offensives but remains a threat.

Bureau Report

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