Philippine Raid Nets Suspect Biological Material

The Philippine Army announced today that a biological terrorism manual and suspected biological agents had been recovered during a raid on a hideout used by the militant Islamic group Jemaah Islamiyah, according to the Straits Times (see GSN, Aug. 18).

Vice Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Rodolfo Garcia described the material recovered during yesterday’s raid in the southern city of Cotabato as possible residues of a “tetanus virus-carrying chemical.” Police experts are currently analyzing the recovered material, Garcia said.

“These were not found in bulk,” Garcia said. “It takes time to determine” whether they are indeed biological weapons, he said (Straits Times, Oct. 20).

October 20, 2003
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The Philippine Army announced today that a biological terrorism manual and suspected biological agents had been recovered during a raid on a hideout used by the militant Islamic group Jemaah Islamiyah, according to the Straits Times (see GSN, Aug. 18).

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