30 Nov '16, 1pm

#Philippines detains two for bomb attempt near #US embassy https://t.co/sAqluEiQeR

#Philippines detains two for bomb attempt near #US embassy https://t.co/sAqluEiQeR

MANILA (AFP) - Philippine police have detained two men for an attempted bombing this week near the US embassy that has been blamed on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) sympathisers, an official said on Wednesday (Nov 30). Other alleged plotters are still being hunted over the powerful bomb found planted in a trash can near the US embassy in Manila on Monday, said the capital's head of police, Chief Superintendent Oscar Albayalde. "They were detained as persons of interest in the planting of the IED (improvised explosive device)," he told AFP of the arrested pair. "There is a real possibility that this is the handiwork of the Maute group," he said, referring to an armed Muslim extremist group that has previously pledged allegiance to the Islamic State movement in Syria and Iraq. He described one man, who was arrested in Bulacan province just outside the capital, as...

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