Jul 152014

MANILA, Philippines — A Philippine prosecutor says a court has convicted two Indonesians and three Filipino militants of detonating a vehicular bomb that killed a soldier and wounded several bystanders outside a southern airport in 2003.

Prosecutor Aristotle Reyes says the handcuffed militants yelled “Allahu Akbar” or “God is great” after a court clerk read out the verdict and life prison sentences each of them received Monday in suburban Pasig city for the attack in front of the Awang domestic airport in Maguindanao province.

Reyes told The Associated Press on Tuesday that three other Filipinos were acquitted.

Reyes says that the Indonesian and Filipino militants had planned a series of bombings at the time to try to sabotage the government’s peace talks with a large Muslim rebel group in the south.


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