ZAMBOANGA CITY: Security forces shot dead a suspected Filipino terrorist linked to a bombing in General Santos City in 2018 that left at least seven people wounded.
Police said Ben Usman, a brother of terrorist leader Abdul Basit Usman, was killed after he exchanged gunfire with police commandos and soldiers who were trying to arrest him in South Cotabato’s Polomolok town.
The security forces tracked down Usman’s hideout over the weekend in the village of Lapu after intelligence reports led policemen and soldiers to the area.
BGen. Michael John Dubria, the regional police chief, confirmed the killing of Usman.
The raiders also recovered a fragmentation grenade and a flag of the Islamic State.
Usman’s brother was also killed by the rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front in 2015 in Maguindanao’s Guindulungan town after senior American officials sought its assistance to capture him and other terrorists, among them members of Jemaah Islamiyah Dulmatin and Umar Patek, tagged as behind the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people, mostly foreigners.
Dulmatin and Patek fled to Mindanao after the bombing. But Dulmatin returned to Indonesia, where he was killed by security forces in his hideout in Jakarta in March 2010. Patek was eventually captured in January 2011 in Abbottabad in Pakistan after escaping from the Philippines and being extradited to Indonesia in August 2011.