AFP HUNTING 50 MILF-TRAINED BOMBERS

Davao City, April 13, 2003 -- Some 50 recruits of the Moro Islamic 
Liberation Front (MILF) are allegedly deployed to sow terror in key cities 
in Mindanao. This was divulged by Army Lt. Colonel Agane Adriatico of the 
Army's Civil Relations Group.

He said the 50 are minors who recently finished a training on how to 
execute bombing operations. Some of them were even allegedly responsible 
for the explosions that rocked Davao City.

"Most of them are minors because they know that minors are very 
enthusiastic. They are special operatives and not for combat," Adriatico said.

The MILF has been tagged in the March 4 blast at the waiting shed of the 
Davao International Airport which killed around 22 civilians and wounded 
143 others.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte also tagged anew the MILF Special Urban Terrosist 
Action Group in the April 2 Sasa wharf explosion that left 16 people dead 
and 55 others wounded.

Authorities arrested two minors who are allegedly MILF members tasked to 
execute the bombings at the airport and Sasa wharf. One confessed his 
involvement in the crime as ordered allegedly by the MILF officials.

Adriatico said that based on their intelligence report, the special 
operatives were trained at Buliok Complex before the military overran the 
place.

He said most of them were deployed to the provinces in Lanao.

"But we are prepared for that, Mindanao has been alerted after the first 
bombing incident at the DIA," Adriatico said. (Mindanao Times)

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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