MANILA — Police and soldiers in the Philippines arrested two Jordanians and an Iraqi in raids Friday and said they were suspected of being linked to international terrorists, officials said.
Bomb-making materials and altered and fake passports were seized from the three men, according to intelligence officers.
Police said the unidentified Jordanians were arrested in Manila. The military said the Iraqi was arrested in his home in Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao province, about 550 miles southeast of Manila.
Maj. Julieto Ando, a regional army spokesman, identified the Iraqi as Mohammed Sabri Selamah. About 80 soldiers backed by two armored personnel carriers surrounded Selamah's house.
Selamah, married to a Muslim Filipina, has taught since 1998 at the Islamic Koranic Memorization Center in the village of Simuay near a camp of the Muslim secessionist rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, rebel spokesman Eid Kabalu said.