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Filipino terror group crippled by leader's capture

 Philippine National Police Chief Jesus Versoza crosses out the wanted poster showing Dino Amor Pareja also known as Khalil Pareja, center, a ranking ...
 Dino Amor Pareja also known as Khalil Pareja, center, a ranking leader of the al-Qaida-linked terror group Rajah Solaiman Movement, is escorted to hi...
 Dino Amor Pareja also known as Khalil Pareja, center, a ranking leader of the al-Qaida-linked terror group Rajah Solaiman Movement, shouts "Allahu Ak...

Philippines Terror Suspect

Philippine National Police Chief Jesus Versoza crosses out the wanted poster showing Dino Amor Pareja also known as Khalil Pareja, center, a ranking ...

PhilippinesTerror Suspect

Dino Amor Pareja also known as Khalil Pareja, center, a ranking leader of the al-Qaida-linked terror group Rajah Solaiman Movement, is escorted to hi...

APTOPIX Philippines Terror Suspect

Dino Amor Pareja also known as Khalil Pareja, center, a ranking leader of the al-Qaida-linked terror group Rajah Solaiman Movement, shouts "Allahu Ak...

The recent capture of a Filipino terror suspect long sought by American and Philippine security officials has crippled his violent al-Qaida-linked group believed to be responsible for one of Southeast Asia's deadliest terror attacks, police said Tuesday.
Dinno-Amor Rosalejos Pareja, also known as Khalil Pareja, allegedly headed the Rajah Solaiman Movement that officials say was behind the 2004 Manila ferry bombing that killed 116 people in the country's worst terror attack.
U.S. and Philippine authorities say the group is allied with two al-Qaida-linked organizations _ the Southeast Asian militant network Jemaah Islamiyah and the Abu Sayyaf, a Muslim extremist group based in the southern Philippines.
Converts to Islam in this predominantly Roman Catholic country _ who often hail from the north _ are valuable because their familiarity with that region, which includes Manila, could be exploited by southern-based Muslim separatist rebels for launching fresh attacks on the capital, police say. In contrast, many members of the Abu Sayyaf come from traditionally Muslim areas in the southern Philippines.
Police intelligence agents, backed by army troops, captured Pareja in southern Marawi city on Friday. Held without bail on rebellion charges, he was flown to Manila and photographed by reporters while being escorted to a detention center.
Police intelligence chief Rolando Anonuevo said Pareja was the last senior commander of his group and his capture "practically, totally diminished the capability" of his radical movement.
But national police chief Jesus Verzosa said a successor to Pareja could still emerge and plot new attacks in the country.
Police officials on Tuesday rewarded a masked informant with 500,000 pesos ($10,400) for providing information that led to Pareja's capture. The U.S. Department of Defense separately offered a $90,000 reward for Pareja.
Pareja, who is allegedly a bomb-making expert, is believed to have taken over his group's leadership following the 2005 arrest of Hilarion Santos, the movement's former leader, Verzosa said.
Authorities have accused Pareja of involvement in a Muslim rebel attack that killed 10 soldiers in 2005.
Pareja's group and Abu Sayyaf militants were believed to be behind the 2004 ferry bombing in Manila Bay. It was the second most deadly terrorist attack in Southeast Asia after the 2002 bombing on the Indonesian resort island of Bali that killed 202 people.
In June last year, Washington froze bank accounts and other financial assets in the United States that belong to the group or its members.
The Treasury Department said the group has received training, money and operational assistance from Jemaah Islamiyah and the Abu Sayyaf group and from private Saudi sources that channeled funds through private charitable organizations in the Philippines.


Updated : 2021-07-30 02:52 GMT+08:00