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Philippine police and soldiers captured a suspected Egyptian terrorist with links to al Qaeda and Jemaah Islamiyah in Cotabato City. The raid nabbed Mohammad Sayed, aka Abu Husein, at an apartment at the Woman's Islamic Center. Police found bomb-making materials, a MILF military manual, and extremist propaganda. Soldiers killed six Abu Sayyaf operatives in Basilan.
Philippine troops killed Mobin Abdurajak, a leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group, in a raid on his hideout in Tawi-Tawi. He was wanted for kidnapping 21 people from the Malaysian resort island of Sipadan in 2000. Negotiations with MILF to create a Muslim homeland have stopped due to issues with economic control.
MILF leadership figures appealed to MNLF factions to protect Malik, under increasing pressure from AFP troops. MindaNews claims that a new peace deal would give the MILF control over the Bangsamoro ancestral domain.
The Basilan Governor and wife of slain Representative Wahab Akbar filed murder charges against the three Abu Sayyaf operatives captured in Quezon City last Thursday. The former deputy house speaker has been cleared of involvement in the blast at the Congress building.
Police described the bomb used in the Congress bombing as "sophisticated." Three Abu Sayyaf operatives killed in Quezon City are thought to be linked to the attack. The government and MILF have agreed on the boundaries of a proposed ancestral Muslim homeland.
A bomb blast at the Batasan Pambansa in Quezon City killed Basilan Representative Wahab Akbar and the driver of another representative. Another representative is in critical condition. The blast was detonated by remote control.
There was a breakthrough in peace negotiations between the government and the MNLF, held in Saudia Arabia. The host nation promised to support the agreement with additional aid. The agreement came despite the absence of MNLF leader Nur Misuari, earlier promised release from prison to attend.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines consider 'peace training' as a means of conflict resolution in Mindanao. The AFP also announced purchase of Vietnam-vintage Hueys from the US. The government is reconsidering the 1996 peace pact with the Moro National Liberation Front.