Philippine Police Killed 3 Men Linked To Bombing

November 15, 2007 at 9:07 pm | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Nov. 15, 2007) – Security forces killed three men in a firefight near the Philippine capital on Thursday, police and military said.

Officials said three other accomplices and a police commando were wounded in the fighting after government forces raided a hideout of a suspected bomber, linked to the attack at the House of Representatives Tuesday night, in the village of Payatas in Quezon City.

Police said one of those captured was a Muslim man who had an identification card of the House of Representatives.

Soldiers and policemen recovered documents linked to a motorcycle used in the bombing that killed Basilan Rep. Wahab Akbar and three other congressional aides.

Police said the bombing targeted Akbar, but no group or individual claimed responsibility for the attack, although supporters of the slain lawmaker blamed his political opponents and the military in the blast.

Rightist soldiers had linked Akbar to the beheading of 14 marines early this year in Basilan’s Al-Barka town after a firefight with rebels. He was also branded as one of the founder of the militant group called Abu Sayyaf, but he had previously denied all allegations. (Mindanao Examiner)

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