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Several casualties were reported as police commandos clashed with armed men while hunting down an operative of the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, Sunday, a police official said.

“May mga casualty sa side natin at side nila pero di pa namin makuha ang exact figure, we are still in the process of extraction,” Senior Superintendent Noel Armilla, officer-in-charge of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao regional police, said by phone.

The clash involved members of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) and “lawless elements,” he said.

Earlier, around 4 a.m., SAF members conducted a special operation in Brgy. Tukanalipao, targetting an “individual linked to the Jemaah Islamiyah,” Armilla said, citing field reports.

“Fortunately, according to them, na-acomplish nila ang mission nila, pero habang nagwi-withdraw sila in-engage sila ng lawless elements sa marshland area, that was around 9 to 10 a.m.,” he said.

The clash lasted for hours and “sporadic fighting” is still occuring, Armilla said when reached by phone 7 p.m.

Reinforcements from different units of the ARMM police, and the Army’s mechanized brigade have been sent, he said.

Other policemen, personnel of the local government unit, and the Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team are now also in the area to help fetch the casualties and monitor the situation, Armilla said.

Sources said that the SAF operation targetted Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan, a Malaysian bomb expert.

Marwan is wanted by the U.S. government, which is offering US$ 5 million for his capture.

He was previously reported to have died in a military air strike in Sulu province in 2012. (John Roson)

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Mohammad Noor Fikrie bin Abdul Kahar (photo in Malaysian passport, courtesy of Davao City Police)

Mohammad Noor Fikrie bin Abdul Kahar (photo in Malaysian passport, courtesy of Davao City Police)

Authorities shot dead a Malaysian believed to be a member of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) after he tried to detonate a bomb in Davao City on Friday night, a police official said.

Senior Supt. Ronald dela Rosa, Davao City Police director, identified the slain suspect as Mohammad Noor Fikrie bin Abdul Kahar, a native of Malaysia’s Kedah state.

Kahar was shot dead by members of the police’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team in front of the Apo View Hotel around 10:30 p.m. after a brief chase, Dela Rosa said in a text message.

Earlier, around 7 p.m., police received an information that Kahar and his Filipina wife had checked in at the Sampaguita Hotel in Camus st. cor Quirino st., bringing an “IED (improvised explosive device) to be used for a terror attack in Davao City,” Dela Rosa said.

Slain suspect Mohammad Noor Fikrie bin Abdul Kahar (Photo courtesy of Davao City Police)

Slain suspect Mohammad Noor Fikrie bin Abdul Kahar (Photo courtesy of Davao City Police)

He said this prompted him to alert the military and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), and ask the hotel management to eject the suspects from their room.

Kahar and his wife, later identified as Anabelle Nieva Lee, were checking out around 10:30 p.m. when they were approached by Dela Rosa and NICA agents at the hotel lobby.

Kahar raised his cellphone, telling the operatives that he will detonate a bomb if they arrest or shoot him, Dela Rosa said.

“Everybody scampered for safety while the suspects went out to the road embracing each other, with Kahar raising his cellphone as if warning the lawmen of an impending IED explosion,” he said.

Members of the SWAT were ordered to shoot down Kahar, but could not do it as the area was crowded with pedestrians and motorists, Dela Rosa said.

Explosives experts disarming the bomb (Photo courtesy of Davao City Police)

Explosives experts disarming the bomb (Photo courtesy of Davao City Police)

Kahar suddenly grabbed his wife’s backpack and ran towards the People’s Park, but was cornered in front of the Apo View Hotel where he was shot.
The suspect's backpack and bomb parts.

The suspect’s backpack and bomb parts.

Police and military explosives experts later found the bomb, which was made of a 60-millimeter mortar ammunition, inside the backpack and disarmed it using the “water disruptor” technique.

Kahar’s remains have been brought to a funeral parlor. Lee, a native of Sorsogon and a Muslim convert, is presently detained at the Davao City Police Office’s investigative and detective management branch.

Kahar’s death came barely a month after authorities shot dead an Indonesian also believed to be a JI member inside the Mindanao State University compound in Marawi City on Nov. 22. (John Roson)

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Government troops rescued 12 Malaysian, Indonesian, and Myanmar nationals in seawaters off Maguindanao, after the foreigners were allegedly thrown off their boats by pirates, military officials said.

Members of the 38th Infantry Battalion and Marines rescued the foreigners off Datu Blah Sinsuat town past 3 p.m. Monday after seeing them floating in the sea, Col. Prudencio Asto, public affairs chief of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said.

“Lulutang-lutang sila sa dagat, nakita ng mga tropa natin na nasa taas ng bundok, so ni-rescue nila,” Asto said in a phone interview.

Col. Alexander Balutan, commander of the 1st Marine Brigade, identified the foreigners as boat captain Zamroni Umur, Kyan Dpho Loin, Tie Sieng Huang, Marthen Lukas, Aris Ariynto, Runji Bin Chew, Rate Jusuf, Fredy Nak Nain, Razali Bin Mok, Inyoman Buda Artha, one S. Sutomo, and a certain Mulki.

The foreigners told troops that they left the Port of Miri in Sarawak, Malaysia, on July 24 on board the vessels Woodman 38 and Woodman 39.

Pirates, allegedly of Indonesian origin, seized the vessels on July 27 and told the crew to abandon ship on July 30, Balutan said.

“They (crew) were put into a life raft and thrown to the Celebes Sea. A Marine company then observed the floating persons 3 miles from their command post hence the rescue,” he said.

Following their rescue, the foreigners were harbored by troops in Datu Blah Sinsuat and turned over to immigration authorities in Cotabato City yesterday. (John Roson)

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