Philippine troops seize al-Qaida explosives

Philippine troops on Tuesday seized explosive chemicals that were allegedly to be used by al-Qaida-linked Muslim terrorists in planned bomb attacks in the country's troubled south, the military said. The chemicals, consisting of 125 kilos of ammonium nitrate, were seized aboard a truck that passed by a military checkpoint in the coastal village of Rio Hondo in Zamboanga City, 875 kilometres south of Manila, according to Major Eugene Batara. The truck driver, identified as Jasimin Sahid, was detained for interrogation. The seizure brought to more than 900 kilos the total amount of ammonium nitrate confiscated in Zamboanga City since October.