Indonesian militant, 2 Abus convicted in 2002 bombing PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 November 2014 14:03

A Regional Trial Court in Manila has convicted an Indonesian militant and two Abu Sayyaf members for their role in a 2002 mall bombing that killed at least 12 people and signaled the start of the alliance of two of Southeast Asia’s most violent terrorist groups.

RTC Judge Leili Cruz-Suarez said in her ruling handed down on Thursday that Jul Kifli from Indonesia and Abu Sayyaf militants Ahmad Jekeron and Yacob Basug were “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” of staging the April 21, 2002, bombing at the Fitmart shopping mall in General Santos City, which also wounded dozens of people.

A former Abu Sayyaf militant and key witness, Abu Hamdie, told the Associated Press the bombing was the first joint attack by the Abu Sayyaf and the Indonesia-based terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah. — AP