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Fighting terror

Man with grenade charged

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 18, 2003

LONDON -- A Venezuelan man arrested last week at Gatwick Airport with a live grenade in his luggage was formally charged with terrorist crimes Monday. The government said that army patrols at Britain's airports would be kept in place for the foreseeable future.

Hasil Muhammed Rahaham-Alan, 37, was charged with possession of an article for the purpose of committing terrorism, possession of an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or damage property and carrying a dangerous article on a British-registered aircraft.

He was ordered held over for a court appearance Monday.

Rahaham-Alan was arrested Thursday after customs officials discovered the grenade during a baggage inspection. He had flown in on a British Airways flight originating in Caracas and stopping in Bogota, Colombia, and Barbados.

Police evacuated the airport's north terminal, causing scores of flights to be rerouted or canceled and thousands of travelers to spend the night at the airport south of London.

U.S., Philippines to jointly train

MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has approved a counterterrorism exercise with U.S. troops in the southern stronghold of the Muslim extremist group Abu Sayyaf, her spokesman said Monday.

The exercise, "Balikatan 03-1," is part of annual U.S.-Philippines military maneuvers. Last year about 1,200 U.S. troops trained Filipinos how to better fight the Abu Sayyaf.

A U.S.-backed Philippine offensive last year was credited with breaking up the small but brutal Muslim extremist group, which is loosely linked to al-Qaida and notorious for kidnappings and killings. But some guerrilla factions are believed to have fled to Jolo Island, in Sulu province.

Most don't feel terror anxiety

WASHINGTON -- More than seven in 10 Americans say the threat of terrorism has brought no extra stress or anxiety in their lives, according to a poll taken after the nation was put on a heightened state of alert.

Nearly three in 10 people, 27 percent, said they felt extra anxiety because of the threat of terrorism, but only 8 percent said they felt a great deal of extra stress and anxiety, according to the ABC News-Washington Post poll taken from Wednesday through Sunday.

A quarter, 24 percent, said they have stockpiled supplies and another 12 percent were considering it.

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