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LMG link with JI, ASG seen in recovered documents

ICC General Santos City (19 November) -- Military said lawless Moro Islamic Liberation Front group (LMG) has "link" with Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and the Abu Sayyaf group (ASG) as shown in the recovered documents from a safehouse that the military overran on Monday (Nov. 17).

Found in safehouse were 10-base icom two-way radios, assorted fatigue uniforms and ammunition, and other pertinent documents.

According to the Philippine Army's 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division the safehouse was discovered by 75th Infantry Battalion troopers who were patrolling in Maguindanao area.

6ID Spokesman Col. Julieto Ando said the recovered documents showed LMG's link with Jemaah Islamiyah and the Abu Sayyaf.

Based from the documents recovered the lawless MILF group might have connection one way or another with Jemaah Islamiyah local recruit team leader Basit Usman and Abu Sayyaf bandits, he told media.

With the seizure of the radios, 601st Brigade Commander Col. Marlou Salazar opined that there will now be difficulty on the part of Commander Ameril Umbra Kato and supporters to communicate with one another.

Kato is currently facing 93 warrants of arrest from different courts in the province of Cotabato.

Cotabato Police Provincial Director SSupt. Lester Camba said the cases included 37-arson, 35-robbery in band, 2-murder and 13 for attempted murder.

He said there are still 38 other cases from the Municipal Circuit Trial Court that await Kato, the most wanted criminal in the country who carries a P10 million bounty on his head.

The cases sprang from Kato's group recent attack in Pigkawayan, Libungan, Midsayap, Aleosan and Pikit, North Cotabato.

MGen. Raymundo Ferrer, 6th ID commander vowed that military "surgical strike" against Kato's group and other LMG who are in hiding in Maguindanao will continue with no let up. (PIA SarGen) [top]

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