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Date: Aug 2, 2019

A Jordanian man once considered a financier for Al Qaeda and a “henchman” of Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law was arrested in the Philippines in July, officials said on Thursday, reinforcing concerns that Islamist militants are making a base in the country.

Mahmoud Afif Abdeljalil, 51, was arrested on July 4 in Zamboanga, a coastal city at the southwestern tip of Mindanao, the nation’s second-largest island. Mr. Abdeljalil had false documents under an assumed name, Jaime Morente, the chief of the Bureau of Immigration, said in a statement.

Read more: New York Times

Authorities in Thailand tightened security in Bangkok as they probed a series of small blasts that hit the city Friday morning, injuring at least four people.

Some of the explosions were caused by homemade bombs and the incidents could be linked, the police said. Blasts occurred at a government complex, a suburban road, below a downtown metro station and near an army building.

Bangkok is currently hosting the Asean Foreign Ministers’ meeting, with top diplomats including U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo attending. There’s no suggestion any explosions directly targeted the event, which is ringed by tight security.

Read more: Bloomberg

Rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile Thursday at a military parade in the southern port city of Aden and coordinated suicide bombings targeted a police station in another part of the city, killing at least 51 people and wounding dozens, officials said.

The missile hit in the city's neighborhood of Breiqa where a military parade was underway by forces loyal to the United Arab Emirates, a member of the Saudi-led coalition that has been fighting the Iran-backed Houthi rebels since 2015 in support of Yemen's internationally recognized government.

Since the rebels seized the country's capital, Sanaa, in 2014, Aden has served as the temporary seat of the government.

The parade was taking place in the pro-coalition al-Galaa camp, said a security official, without give a breakdown for the casualties.

Read more: NBC News