• Man transporting explosives arrested in southern Philippines

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Authorities are holding a 22-year-old man, who was caught transporting improvised explosives and a fragmentation grenade in the southern Philippine city of Davao.

    The Army said that Roy Moreno, a native of Kidapawan City and was en route to Davao City, was in a commuter van when soldiers manning a checkpoint in Toril district discovered the explosives late Friday.

    No other details were so far available about Moreno, except that he belongs to an indigenous tribe in southern Philippines. It was unknown if he is a member of the communist rebel group New People’s Army, which is actively operating in Davao.

    Moreno is being interrogated by the military, and he did not give any statement to the press about the explosives or why he was transporting them and for whom.

    Security is tight in the troubled region of Mindanao where military forces are battling communist insurgents and jihadist groups blamed for the spate of deadly attacks in the South that had forced thousands of civilians to flee for their safety. AL JACINTO

     AJ/BF

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