An Indonesian believed to be a member of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) was killed during a police-military operation against members of the regional terror network inside the Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City, Thursday night.

Capt. Alberto Caber, spokesman of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said the suspect was identified only through the aliases Ustadz Sanusi and Ishak.

The suspect, charged with arson and murder, was shot during a commotion that ensued from the operation in Barrio Salam. He was brought to the Amai Pakpak Hospital but died later, Caber said.

“Namatay siya (suspect) sa hospital, meron siyang isang tama… hindi natin malaman pa kung sino ang nakabaril kasi nagkaroon ng commotion,” the regional Army spokesman said in a phone interview.

Caber said members of the 103rd Infantry Brigade and PNP Special Action Force (SAF) were sent to the MSU compound to arrest seven alleged JI personalities, including alias Ustadz Sanusi.

The warrant of arrest for was issued by 11th Judicial Region RTC Judge Oscar Noel Jr. of Saranggani, Caber said.

A SAF member was wounded when he fell from a building during the short pursuit. Policemen recovered a hand grenade and M16 rifle from alias Ustadz Sanusi, Caber said. (John Roson)

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