1,000 kilos bomb chemicals seized
ZAMBOANGA: Philippine police Monday intercepted a 1,000-kilogram (2,200-pound) shipment of chemicals believed to be intended for bombing attacks by the al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militants.
The shipment of ammonium nitrate was divided into 20 sacks and hidden in the hold of a ferry that docked in the southern port city of Zamboanga from the nearby island of Jolo, an Abu Sayyaf stronghold, police said.
Ammonium nitrate is a highly volatile chemical compound largely used in making fertilizer. It is the main ingredient used by the Abu Sayyaf to produce powerful bombs, an official said.
“We had received information that the chemicals would be used by the Abu Sayyaf for their terrorist attacks,” said the port police chief, Maj. Frank Clavencillas.
He said there had been fears that the Abu Sayyaf could stage bombings on October 12, when the largely Catholic enclave of Zamboanga is to mark an annual festival.
Thank you, LORD, for alert Filipino police.