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Two terrorists from Sri Lanka slip into the Philippines to prepare for attacks - reports

Two terrorists from Sri Lanka have sneaked into the Philippines to train local militants on making bombs and attacking churches and other soft targets north of the country, the Straits Times reported. A watch list from the Manila International Airport Authority has identified the two suspects as Mark Kevin Samhoon and Victoria Sophia Sto Domingo. Both were tagged as "suicide bombers", with kin in the Philippines. Samhoon has ties to the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), the terrorist group accused of carrying out the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka in April this year that killed at least 250 people, according to the watch list. His mother is a Filipino working as a maid in Dubai. Samhoon is said to be "connected" to Sto Domingo, though it is unclear what is the link between them. Sto Domingo is described as a "black-belter" who had trained children and women in bomb-making. She holds a Philippine and a Sri Lanka passport. She arrived in the Philippines in November 2018. Samhoon followed her, possibly in June this year.

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