Ahmed Santos (militant)

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Ahmed Santos (aka Hilarion del Rosario) is a Filipino who converted to Islam while working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1991.[1][2][3] Santos was captured by Military officials for being involved in organizing and planning terrorist activities, including preparation of bombs.[4] He is the founder of the Rajah Solaiman Movement.[5]

Association with terrorism[edit]

Santos was detained in October 2005, for taking part in planning bomb attacks in predominantly Christian cities around the Philippines.[5] According to police officials, the Rajah Solaiman group founded by Santos after his conversion to Islam, is believed to have forged an alliance with two al-Qaeda-linked organisations - Philippine-based Abu Sayyaf and the regional militant group Jemaah Islamiah.[5] Explosives were seized from Santos's room by police on March 26, 2004. .[6] A reward of $500,000 was presented to two Filipino citizens for providing key information that lead to the arrest of Santos.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Johnna Villaviray (December 3, 2006). "Top RSM member nabbed in Basilan". The Manila Times. Retrieved 2007-04-09. [dead link]
  2. ^ In Philippines, watchful eye on converts "In Philippines, watchful eye on converts: Most are peaceful, but some former Christians help Islamic terrorists, slipping by police". Christian Science Monitor. November 28, 2005. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  3. ^ Johnna Villaviray (November 17, 2003). "When Christians embrace Islam". The Manila Times. Archived from the original on 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  4. ^ Douglas Bakshian (October 26, 2005). "Philippine Authorities Arrest Islamic Militant Leader". Voice of America. Retrieved 2007-09-97.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)[dead link]
  5. ^ a b c "Philippines arrests key militants". BBC. October 26, 2005. Retrieved 2007-09-97.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ Julmunir I. Jannaral (April 5, 2004). "Climate of fear sweeps Muslim communities". The Manila Times. Archived from the original on 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  7. ^ U.S. Presents $500,000 "Reward for Justice" to Two Filipino Citizens - U.S. Embassy Manila Official website

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