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Philippine police place two Mindanao regions on “terror alert”

(BBC) The security alert for two regions in Mindanao was raised to the highest level yesterday on reports of a terrorist plot to bomb military and civilian targets, including gasoline stations. 

Philippine National Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Samuel Pagdilao Jr said the inter-agency National Intelligence Committee (NIC) has placed Central Mindanao and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao under “extreme-critical terrorist threat.” 

He said the threats came from the al-Qaeda linked Jemaah Islamiyah, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front-Special Operations Group. 

A critical alert means a terror attack has occurred or has just been foiled and follow-up attacks could be carried out. “Both have happened in those areas,” Pagdilao said. 

It was not immediately clear why the police made public the terror alert upgrade only now. The US and a few other Western governments have warned their citizens not to travel in Mindanao areas due to the possibility of terror attacks. 

Police foiled an attempted bombing of the Palarong Pambansa attended by hundreds of local athletes last month in southern Koronadal city when they found two homemade bombs intended to be exploded by Muslim militants during the closing ceremony, police said. 

For Metro Manila, NIC said the threat level was moderate but high-level public safety measures would be enforced just the same. 

NPA threat 

Communist guerrillas plan to attack military and civilian targets, including armouries, telecommunication facilities and power plants, to undermine the elections and embarrass the government, police said. 

New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas could launch the attacks in seven regions and 14 provinces across the country to take advantage of the military and police focus on guarding the congressional and local balloting, police officials said yesterday. 

Increased rebel activities and attacks have been monitored in recent days in those regions and provinces, Police Director for Intelligence Alejandro Lapinid said in a statement, without elaborating. 

Other possible targets of rebel attack today and Tuesday are soldiers and policemen performing election duties in rural areas, undermanned military and police outposts, oil depots and electric companies, Lapinid said.

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May 15, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

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