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More than 300 commandos attacked and captured an Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah camp on the island of Jolo. The military said the more than 200 fighters in the camp took "heavy casualties." The military said the Moro National Liberation Front launched mortars at government troops during the assault.
Police intelligence arrested Ronnie Tillung, alias Taming Yakana, a suspected member of the Abu Sayyaf who allegedly took part in the abduction of a physician in Isabela City, Basilan in 1992.
Three suspected foreign terrorists arrested last month in connection with an alleged plot to bomb embassies in Manila are in military intelligence custody and are undergoing interrogation. Regional al Qaeda-linked terrorists are benefiting from the illicit sale of counterfeit cigarettes, medicines, CDs, and DVDs. Australia has boosted its security at its embassy in Manila following reports it was one of the targets in a suspected terrorist bomb plot.
The military captured Mohamad Baehaqi, a Jemaah Islamiyah operative behind the bombings in North Cotabato in October 2006. The FBI is conducting forensic tests to see if the body found in Tawi-Tawi is that of Jemaah Islamiyah master bomber Dulmatin. Indonesian authorities do not believe Dulmatin is dead.
Indonesian bomb expert Dulmatin is thought to have been discovered in a shallow grave in the island of Tawi-tawi in the southern Philippines. The military is conducting DNA tests on the body. Dulmatin helped build the bombs used in the Bali attack in Indonesia in 2002.
Philippine security officials uncovered a plot by Jemaah Islamiyah to assassinate President Gloria Arroyo and three other unnamed officials. Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah are also believed to be plotting attacks against high-value targets in Manilla. The plot caused the military to go on full alert.
Republic of the Philippines' Marine Force Recon and Navy Special Warfare killed an Abu Sayyaf leader, Radi Upao. Dulmatin, the JI leader wanted for the 2002 Bali bombing, is reported to have escaped the strike.
Security forces captured Aramil Sulayman, one of the Abu Sayyaf terrorists behind the beheading of Marines, in Central Mindanao. The Supreme Court denied the request of the Anti-Terrorism Council for the creation of special courts to handle and prosecute cases related to terrorism.
Jemaah Islamiyah bomber Dulmatin is reported to be moving between Sulu in the Philippines and Malaysia to avoid capture by Filipino troops. MILF warned that peace talks with the government are on the verge of stopping.