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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA1037
2009-05-13 07:37
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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ZNY CCCCC ZZH
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FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4116
INFO RUEHZS/ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN NATIONS COLLECTIVE
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME IMMEDIATE 0309
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC IMMEDIATE
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA IMMEDIATE 2270
RHHMUNA/CDRUSPACOM HONOLULU HI IMMEDIATE
C O N F I D E N T I A L MANILA 001037

SIPDIS

STATE FOR EAP/MTS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/13/2019
TAGS: PGOV MOPS PTER PINR KISL RP
SUBJECT: SULU GOVERNOR INJURED IN IED EXPLOSION

REF: MANILA 985: ICRC HOSTAGE: 100 DAYS AND COUNTING

Classified By: Charge d’Affaires Larry Memmott, reasons 1.4 (b),(d).

¶1. (C) Sulu provincial governor Abdelsakur Tan reportedly
received slight injuries to his hands May 13 when an
improvised explosive device hidden in a motorcycle exploded
at a provincial capitol complex in Patikul on the island of
Jolo in the southern Philippines. Three of Tan’s security
escorts and a local mayor also were wounded when the device
detonated at around 12:30 p.m., apparently triggered by radio
control. Governor Tan appears to have been the target of the
attack, which may have been in retaliation for an encounter
on May 12 between combined Philippine police and military
units and Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorists in the remote
area of Indanan on Jolo Island, during which the ASG suffered
heavy casualties.

¶2. (C) Despite significant Philippine government successes
against ASG and Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorists on Jolo
Island during the last three years, areas of ASG influence
remain, as the kidnapping of three International Committee
for the Red Cross (ICRC) workers January 15 (reftel) and the
May 7 ambush killing of the Philippine National Police Senior
Superintendent Julasirim Kasim — both on Jolo Island —
demonstrate. Philippine troops have stepped up operations
against ASG leader Albader Parad, who has claimed
responsibility for the ICRC kidnappings and is thought to be
behind many of the recent clashes, although government forces
are proceeding with caution since the ASG still holds Italian
ICRC hostage Eugenio Vagni.

¶3. (SBU) Following the attack, Tan made a live appearance
on television denouncing the attack and saying he was not
seriously injured. The Mission will continue to monitor the
situation for further developments.
Memmott

   

 

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