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Four men have been arrested after allegedly attempting to detonate a bomb at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Monday, according to reports by state media in the Philippines.
The suspects, who had been under surveillance for more than a month, were arrested while assembling an explosive device in a white truck parked outside one of the terminals, according to officials.
Acting on a tip, counter-terrorism agents from the National Bureau of Investigationcaught the suspects, who were also allegedly targeting a nearby shopping mall, state media said.
Investigators are trying to establish which group was behind the bombing attempt, but militant groups with links to al-Qaeda have been fighting to create a Muslim homeland in the south of the largely Christian country.
MANILA, Philippines–The group behind the attempt to blast a car inside the Ninoy Aquino Internal Airport (NAIA) is dismayed at the government’s moves against China conflict in the Spratly Islands, sources from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said Monday.
Sources said aside from the explosive device, the NBI was able to obtain a manifesto showing the group’s other targets – SM Mall of Asia, DMCI main office, Chinese Embassy and other Chinese operated establishments.
DMCI was earlier subjected to an investigation for allegedly employing undocumented Chinese nationals in Calaca power plant.
One of the arrested suspects said the group’s plan was not to bomb Naia but Chinese operated offices.
The sources said the part of the group’s plan was to plant an improvised bomb inside the toilet of SM MOA, which would be padlocked “so no civilian will get hurt.”
The improvised explosive device was mostly made from banned firecrackers such as “Goodbye Philippines” that were wrapped around bottles filled with gasoline. It was placed inside a Toyota Revo with plate number WMK 129.
The vehicle was intercepted at around 1 a.m. Monday.
International Airport Foiled: Officials
MANILA - A bid to plant car-bombs at the Philippines' main airport and a nearby shopping mall was foiled on Monday, authorities said. The motive for the bomb plot was not immediately clear but in the past such attacks in Manila and other parts of the largely Christian Philippines have been blamed on al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants from the Abu Sayyaf group.
Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) found improvised explosive devices in a parking area at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Three men were arrested but no details were released pending investigation. One NBI official, who declined to be identified because he is not authorized to speak to reporters, said the suspects had been under surveillance for a month. "They were assembling the improvised bombs inside their vehicles at the airport parking lot," the official said, adding that up to eight bombs and a pistol were confiscated from the suspects.
(CNN) -- Manila's international airport is on high alert after authorities foiled an alleged bomb plot Monday, state-run media in the Philippines report.
Counter-terror agents acting on a tip interrupted a group of men allegedly assembling improvised explosive devices in a white truck parked outside a terminal at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, said the Philippines News Agency, or PNA.
The agency initially said four suspects had been arrested but later revised the number of arrests to three. The white truck had been parked outside terminal three of the airport when it was intercepted about 1:45 a.m. local time (1:45 p.m. Sunday ET), PNA said.
The agents from the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation also seized firearms from the men, it said.
The names of the suspects have not yet been released, and investigators are trying to establish who was behind the alleged plot and their motive. The investigation is continuing.
Rebel groups in the Philippines have been fighting to establish an independent Muslim homeland in the south of the predominantly Christian country.