Authorities monitoring extremist cells in Luzon

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THE Intelligence community is monitoring at least two cells of the radical Rajah Solaiman Movement (RSM) in Luzon suspected of being the springboard for possible terror attacks in Metro Manila.

A police intelligence operative based in Camp Crame said one of the terrorist cells being monitored is based in Cavite while the other is in Novaliches, Quezon City.

“These two cells could be used as possible springboard for terror attack in Metro Manila,” the source said on condition of anonymity.

Authorities on Thursday said they received information from Mindanao that over 100 recruits of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) recently completed a bomb-making course in Liguasan Marsh near Tacurong City, South Cotabato.


The source said the intelligence community is not discounting the possibility that these recruits would launch terror attacks in Luzon through the assistance of the RSM.

The RSM is a radical group of Muslim converts founded by Hilarion ‘Ahmed’ Del Rosario, a former overseas worker who converted to Islam in Riyadh. The group is blamed for the bombing of the 2004 SuperFerry 14, the biggest terrorist attack in the Philippines, where over 100 people were killed.

The source explained that the Luzon-based RSM could act as guides to BIFF members, allowing them to launch attacks outside their usual area of operation.

The BIFF, along with the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), is among the Mindanao-based extremist groups that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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