Philippines arrests alleged al Qaeda-linked bomber
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 09:55
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

First Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 09:55

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