Suspected terror leader found on Mindanao

Dec. 23, 2005 at 2:59 AM
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DAVAO, Philippines, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A leader of the radical Islamist group Jemaah Islamiyah who once lived in Australia has been found on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines.

Abdul Rahman Ayub allegedly is involved in training terrorists on Mindanao, The Australian reported Friday.

Terror expert Zachary Abuza told the newspaper that Ayub is one of 20 leaders of the group believed to be hiding on Mindanao.

In Australia, Ayub lived first in Sydney and then in Perth. A convicted terrorist, Jack Roche, described Ayub and his twin brother, Abdul Rahim Ayub, as the leaders of Jemaah Islamiyah in Australia.

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