A Most-Wanted Terrorist Arrested

    A Philippine policeman escorts Khair Mundus, a suspected Abu Sayyaf member during a press conference in Manila May 14, 2004. [Philippine security forces have uncovered a money trail between homegrown Islamic militants and the Al Qaeda terror network after the arrest of a Middle East-based Filipino student, counter terrorism officials said on Friday.] - RTXMLRG

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    A top Filipino commander of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group, Khair Mundos, was arrested by Philippine security officials during a raid Wednesday. Mundos is on the U.S. list of most-wanted terrorists and authorities say he has received money from al Qaeda to fund bomb attacks. He was arrested in a slum near the Manila airport. He had been captured in 2004, but escaped in 2007. A $500,000 award was announced by the U.S. State Department in 2009 for the killing or capture of Mundos. Abu Sayyaf has been accused of deadly bombings, kidnappings, and beheadings since it was founded in the early 1990s, including attacks on U.S. troops and civilians.

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