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Bombs In Philippines Send Message To The Asia Summit

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posted on Jan, 11 2007 @ 08:01 AM
There were bomb blasts in three Philippine cities which killed eight people and wounded many others. Philippine chief of police said that the bombs were aimed at embarrassing the government as it hosts the summit of Asian nations. The bombs exploded on Wednesday evening in Mindanao which is hundreds of miles from Cebu, which is the city hosting the Asian summit. It is also being said that the attacks were not isolated. Suspects of the bombing include Abu Sayyaf, a militant group with links to al Qaeda. y
CEBU, Philippines (Reuters) - Bomb blasts in three Philippine cities that killed eight people and wounded dozens were aimed at embarrassing the government as it hosts a summit of Asian nations, the country's chief of police said on Thursday.

The bombs exploded on Wednesday evening in the southern region of Mindanao, hundreds of miles from the central city of Cebu, which is hosting the Jan. 13-15 meeting of leaders from 16 Asian nations.

Police chief Oscar Calderon, who is overseeing the tight security measures in Cebu, said the attacks were not isolated.

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There has been Islamists terror in the Philippines before, so because of that I am sure the list of people who would want to do something like this is pretty short. The news story does go on to say that there is no threat to the Asian Summit. That being said I sort of wonder just what message is being sent? That those responsible cannot do any real harm to the government? Trying to say "we are hear"? Or maybe causing terror is the only way we can get people to fear us and thus give us power?

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posted on Jan, 17 2007 @ 03:03 AM
Hear is an update to what is hapening in relation to the bombing.

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The Philippine military said on Wednesday that a top leader of the Abu Sayyaf group of militants was killed in a clash with troops at a rebel jungle camp.

Abu Sulaiman, one of the top five leaders of the Abu Sayyaf, was killed in a gunbattle on Tuesday on the southwestern island of Jolo, military spokesman Major Eugene Batara told reporters.

The military had previously said Sulaiman might have been wounded in the clash but Batara said a body found when the fighting subsided turned out to be that of the militant leader.

posted on Jan, 17 2007 @ 04:28 AM
The incident happened far from Cebu city where they held the summit.
Bomb blasts like these usually happen in that area of the southern Philippines even without summit. These cities are separated by the sea. Cebu is an island, and so is Mindanao. If the terrorists really want to embarass the Philippine government, they could have bombed or at least created troubles where the actual summit was held which is Cebu City. But that did not happen. Because of the tight security, I really doubt that they can do anything there.

So becuase they can only execute these bombing with ease in these area, that is the best they can do, and the they will try to associate this with the summit. It's a trick.

[edit on 17-1-2007 by searching_for_truth]


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