2 suspected JI members killed in Philippines

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

MALACAÑANG confirmed on Saturday the killing of two terrorists who are members of Asian terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI).

“We are confirming that Philippine authorities have successfully neutralized two foreign terrorists. They are both reportedly members of Jemaah Islamiyah,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

In November last year, Philippine authorities tracked down Ibnu Gholib Al-Jitli or Ustadz Sanusi in Marawi City, an Indonesian who is suspected to be a senior member of JI.

Valte said Sanusi, who died in a firefight when security forces tried to arrest him, was allegedly involved in the beheading of three schoolgirls in Poso, Sulawesi in 2005.

During the investigation, the police recovered electronic devices and large amounts of currency from Sanusi.

Prior to Sanusi’s arrival in the Philippines in 2006, he was tagged as one of those involved in the 2005 beheading of three schoolgirls in Poso, Sulawesi, Indonesia, Valte said.

Valte said Noor Fikrie Kahar was neutralized by Philippine security forces on December 14, 2012, adding that Kahar is a suspected Malaysian member of the JI.

Kahar attempted to detonate an improvised explosive device (IED) in a hotel in Davao City and was killed by the police in an encounter. His Filipino wife, Anabelle Nieva Lee, remains under police custody and is currently undergoing judicial process, she said.

“We can show that the government is really serious in the fight against terrorists and we're hoping that these two events could bring a strong message to individuals like them that the Philippines could not be sa fae haven for terrorits," she stressed. (SDR/Emmanuel Louis Bacani/Sunnex)

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