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Old 11-30-2011, 10:57   #1
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Sayyaf Bomber Who Killed 1st SFG Soldier Captured

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And so it goes...


Sayyaf Bomber Tracked Down, Held
The Manilla Times, 1 Dec 2011

ZAMBOANGA CITY: Authorities announced Wednesday the capture of an Abu Sayyaf bomber tagged as behind the spate of deadly attacks in Zamboanga City and other parts of Mindanao, including the October 2002 bombings of three department stores and a roadside cafe outside an army base that killed more than a dozen people, among them a US Green Beret commando and a Filipino soldier.

Washington has provided the Philippine government with military advisors, equipment and financial support to help defeat terrorism in the country, but the attacks still continue unabated despite the presence of some 600 US troops in Zamboanga and other parts of Mindanao.

Police officials said the 38-year old Hussin Ahaddin was captured in a remote Zamboanga village called Muti after an anti-terror group tracked down the militant and arrested him late Tuesday.

“Ahaddin has admitted during interrogation that he was involved in many bombings in Zamboanga, including an attack that killed a US soldier in 2002. He is an Abu Sayyaf terrorist,” said Senior Superintendent Edwin de Ocampo, chief of the local police force, adding the bomber was part of an Abu Sayyaf faction under Puruji Indama based in nearby Basilan province.

He said interrogation is still going to determine if Ahaddin was also involved in the recent bombing of the Atilano Pension House in Zamboanga City that killed 3 people and wounded 27 others.

A handcuffed Ahaddin was briefly shown to reporters, but he said nothing and merely stared at them. Ahaddin’s sister Julaida Arasain, 32, said her brother was an innocent driver of a motorcycle-taxi and that he may have been picked up due to mistaken identity.

“We are asking for help. All the accusations against my brother are untrue. He is innocent,” the sister told reporters, sobbing.

She said police had also arrested her brother in 2007 on suspicion he was an Abu Sayyaf member due to his Muslim name, but released him later.

But Director General Felicisimo Khu, of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations in Mindanao, has implicated Ahaddin in almost a dozen other attacks in Zamboanga, including last month’s bombings of Red Palm Pension House, the San Roque Cockpit Arena and a roadside restaurant that killed one person and wounded 6 others.

He said security forces have mounted an operation to track down other members of the Abu Sayyaf. “Our security troops are still conducting follow-up operations to arrest other members of the group who remained at-large. An intensive investigation is also underway to find out the extent of the operation of the Abu Sayyaf as well as their plans,” Khu said.

He also appealed to citizens to stay vigilant for possible terror attacks. “We appeal to the public to be very vigilant in reporting the presence of suspicious-looking persons and baggage in their areas to the nearest police or military station.”

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Old 11-30-2011, 12:51   #2
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That is good news. I am glad to see that he has been caught and will now hopefully answer for his involvement.

Rest in Peace, SFC Jackson. You aren't forgotten!
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Old 11-30-2011, 13:04   #3
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Belated,but not forgotten.........

God Bless,Rest in Peace SFC Jackson...........

He was just a simple soldier and his ranks are growing thin
But his presence should remind us; we may need his like again,
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that might say:

The passing of our soldiers often go unnoticed and unsung by most of the world, remembered only by family and friends. Wish it were not so. May he RIP, his family will be in my thoughts and prayers.........

Big Teddy
I believe that SF is a 'calling' - not too different from the calling missionaries I know received. I knew instantly that it was for me, and that I would do all I could to achieve it. Most others I know in SF experienced something similar. If, as you say, you HAVE searched and read, and you do not KNOW if this is the path for you --- it is not....
Zonie Diver

SF is a calling and it requires commitment and dedication that the uninitiated will never understand......
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