Archbishop says Iraqi war has further radicalised southern Philippines
The war in Iraq has further "radicalised" Islamic separatists in the southern Philippines, including Muslim youths who may decide to join or even start terrorist groups, said a Philippine archbishop.
Archbishop Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato said the increase in "terrorist acts" on Mindanao Island reflects this radicalisation of "fringe elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front as well as some Muslim youth."
The archbishop, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, was speaking from his home on Mindanao Island, in southern Philippines.
Bomb attacks in Davao City killed at least 38 people in March and early April and injured some 200.
The night after the 2 April daytime explosion on the city's Sasa Wharf, three mosques were damaged by grenades and gunfire. In October 2002, several explosions hit Zamboanga City; 18 people were killed.
Catholic News Service
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