Thursday, February 2, 2012

Zulkifi bin Hir, South-east Asia's most-wanted terrorist with $5m U.S. bounty on his head killed in Philippines air strike

South-east Asia's most-wanted terrorist and two other senior militants were killed today in a U.S.-backed air strike in the Philippines, military chiefs said.

Malaysian Zulkifi bin Hir, known as Marwan, a top leader of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah terror network was apparently killed in a dawn strike on a militant stronghold on a southern island.

The leader of the Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf militants, Umbra Jumdail, and Singaporean leader in Jemaah Islamiyah, Abdullah Ali, were also apparently killed.

The bodies of the three men have not yet been recovered from the heavily-forested mountain camp because the area remains under the control of another rebel group - the Moro National Liberation Front - so their deaths have not been officially confirmed.

Major General Noel Coballes said no one was captured in the strike and some militants escaped, before returning later to retrieve the bodies of those who died. Read More