MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines said Thursday (February 2nd) it killed three of Southeast Asia's most-wanted Islamic militants in a pre-dawn bombing raid on a remote southern island.
Fifteen members of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah organisations died in the raid on Jolo Island, military chiefs said.
Among those killed was Malaysian Zulkifli bin Abdul Hir (aka Marwan), a suspected senior member of Jemaah Islamiyah and Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia with a $5 million bounty on his head.
Abu Pula (Doctor Abu or Umbra Jumdail), a core Abu Sayyaf leader from the Philippines, and Singaporean Mohammad Ali (Muawiyah), another top Jemaah Islamiyah leader, also died in the operation.
Jemaah Islamiyah is accused of carrying out many deadly attacks in Southeast Asia including Bali bombings in 2002 that killed 202 people, mostly tourists.