Monday, October 22, 2007

Philippines: Islamic Militants to blame for blast

The headline says: Islamic Militants to blame for mall blast...but you probably thought that already, no?

Did you know they were former Christians who were converts to Islam? That appears to be the current line of thinking.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not indicated who they believe is behind the attack, but Lt. Col. Bartolome Bacarro, AFP public information chief, has been quoted as saying that the Rajah Solaiman Movement has the capability to launch such attacks in Manila. The US state department lists the RSM as a Islamic extremist group comprising Christian converts to Islam, many of whom embraced extremist Islamic ideology while working in the Middle East. It promotes the use of violence and terrorism against Philippino Christians and Westerners, with the aim of turning the Philippines into an Islamic state.