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Southeast Asia
Bio-terror link in raid on JI hideout
Security forces recovered a bio-terror manual and traces of possible biological weapons in a raid on a Jemaah Islamiah hideout in the southern Philippine city of Cotabato, the army said today. Local police said up to eight local and foreign JI suspects escaped yesterday’s raid in central Cotabato but left behind what vice chief of staff Lieutenant General Rodolfo Garcia described as possible residues of a "tetanus virus-carrying chemical". The raid on a Cotabato apartment unit was launched a day after the visit to Manila of US President George W Bush and more than two weeks after the arrest in Cotabato of Indonesian Taufiq Rifqi, described by the Filipino authorities as the number-two man of JI. Cotabato police investigator Superintendent Felipe Napoles said the raid turned up "bomb-making material, electronic components and gadgets, diagrams for homemade bomb-making and Christmas light wiring," as well as computer diskettes. Police briefly detained the landlord, Lolito Adanza for questioning but he was later released without charges, Napoles told reporters. He said Adanza told police Filipinos had rented the apartment there, but that "foreign-looking men had been frequenting the house."
This looks significant, but it seems like every time we see chem and bio stuff pop up nothing's heard about it again...
Posted by:Paul Moloney

#1  Tetanus would be a pretty poor bioweapon, since in the west (at least) most people are immune to it because of vaccinations. If this news nugget turns out to be true, well, all I can say is that these Islamists are still a bunch of doofuses.
Posted by: MW   2003-10-20 8:55:21 AM