COPS ARRESTED 14 SUSPECTED MILF MEN IN QUIAPO

Manila, March 31, 2003 -- Fourteen suspected members of the Moro Islamic 
Liberation Front were arrested yesterday in a dawn raid in Quiapo.

Initial details provided by the WPD identified the men as Haji Abbas Kadir, 
Haji Abbas Abdul, Abdul Hamed, Madu Kusain, Michael Menor, Bugi Tayuan, 
Israel Sugados, Alex Mangoda, Arnel Ayop, Aga Ayop an a certain 'Commander 
Guru'.

Authorities said they would receive additional details as soon as the 
suspects are presented before Mayor Lito Atienza and senior PNP officials 
today.

Police said they raided a suspected safehouse at 208-B Elizondo st., Quiapo 
at around 4 a.m. after a month-long surveillance.

The raiding team seized 18 sticks of suspected dynamite, two fragmentation 
hand grenades, two packages of ammonium nitrate, three battery operated 
timers, and two handguns, a .45 cal. pistol and another 9mm model.

Aside from other criminal charges, the men would be facing a case of 
illegal possession of firearms and explosives. Three of the men reportedly 
have warrants issued by the Manila regional trial court. (Malaya)

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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