Escaped Marwan colleague still in Maguindanao – AFP


MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) believes terrorist Basit Usman is still in Maguindanao after escaping the police operations in Mamasapano.

AFP spokesman Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said Usman is now the focus of both the 6th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army and the Police Regional Office of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

Usman has a $3 million bounty to his head.

Usman, a bomb expert, is believed to be behind the bombing of Fitmart Mall in General Santos City on April 22, 2002 that led to the deaths of 15 individuals.

He also has alleged links to the bombing of the Awang airport in Cotabato City and the Sasa Wharf in Davao City.

“US authorities consider Basit to be a threat to US and Filipino citizens and interests. Basit is believed to have orchestrated several bombings that have killed, injured and maimed many innocent civilians,” the US Rewards for Justice said on its website.

Police originally targeted Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and Usman during the chaotic operations in Mamasapano, which eventually led to the deaths of 44 elite cops after an encounter with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. – from a report by Noel Alamar, dzMM

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  • Generoso Magaoay
    5 February 2015 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    We sincerely hope that the AFP ground forces in the Maguindanao area are sharpening their intel gathering capabilities and use the most reliable resources in obtaining and using accurate actionable intel. Existing EGOS and PRIDE within agencies would never produce success in any mission. Every leadership shall see to it that agencies such as AFP-PNPSAF share intel for the mission.