Bomber Usman killed by MILF

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MAGUINDANAO: The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has killed a notorious Filipino bomber inside one of its strongholds in Maguindanao province in the restive Muslim autonomous region in southern Philippines.

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One of the MILF’s senior commanders identified only as Baroq killed Abdul Basit Usman—also a former leader of the rebel group—in the town of Guindulungan.

Details of the killing were unclear but a ceasefire committee member of the MILF has confirmed the death of Usman, a leader of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and head of the local ISIS group called Ansarul Khilafah.

Baroq is said to be under the MILF’s 118th Base Command, whose members were implicated in the massacre of 44 special police commandos in Maguindanao’s Mamasapano town during a clandestine anti-terror operation in January 25 that targeted Malaysian bomber Marwan.

The Philippine military has not issued any statement about the reported killing of Usman, who is also wanted by the United States in connection with terror activities in Mindanao.

Washington has offered up to $1 million reward for Usman’s capture.
“Abdul Basit Usman, a Filipino citizen, is a bomb-making expert with links to the Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf Group and Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist organizations operating in southern Philippines. Due to these associations, 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.”

“Basit has been indicted in the Philippines for his role in multiple bombing incidents since 2003, and the Government of the Philippines has issued a warrant for his arrest. He is believed to be hiding in central Mindanao,” according to the United States Rewards for Justice Program.

Usman was previously reported by the military to have been wounded in a clash with soldiers in one of the two Lanao provinces.

Politicians are expected to ride on the reports of Usman’s death and even the military and the government may try to grab credit for the killing of one of the country’s top terror leaders to say that its anti-terror campaign is successful.

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  1. This is another national drama. Usman is a sacrificial lamb or goat to the goal of MILF. He knew many things about MILF movement, their political as well as their military strategies. To make the MILF believable USMAN MUST DIE!

  2. JuanInAwhile on

    I believe we need to take this self-serving report very very carefully. Who or what organization really did Usman IN? The AFP has been after him from the time of the Masscre of the 44 PNP SAF … and the AFP failed ? The MILF which never did and declared that they will act only after the BBL is passed… all of a sudden succeeded in doing Usman, one of them ? Or is it really the other way around?? Who is in possession of the identification items now …. to be verified by the FBI? We may be being set up by groups pushing for the BBL … MILF and who else??? Caution is advised.

  3. eltee mulawin on

    >>>Where is the body??? As usual the MILF reply …. it is our tradition and culture to bury immediately the dead body on the same day of his death.
    So those who wanted to see an evidence of this news that Usman was dead, ask the MILF where they buried Usman dead body? Maybe they will tell you…why, you dont believe on us? The place is a sacred !!!

  4. butch hirro on

    the MILF always knew where usman had been hiding all this time. they knew it all along. I am sure that the MILF killed usman not for the 1 million dollar bounty put on his head nor that they were tired of coddling him. they killed usman to redeem themselves insofar as the SAF 44 massacre is concerned and that in so doing, they expect the Philippine government, specially the senate, pass with urgency the bangsamoro basic law. I hope both houses of congress don’t fall victim to this or be stupid enough to believe the MILF. after all, isn’t it conveniently coincidental that the man who killed usman belongs to the 118th base command of the MILF? the same group implicated in the massacre of the SAF 44.

    • Larry Ebersole on

      right on the dot. the MILF always knew where this guy is and where did they gun him down? inside their own stronghold OMG what a propaganda hatched by the people pushing for the BBL. an they think this will be taken hook line and sinker by the people of the Philippines? of the yellow turd maybe and the tongressman and senatongs who are part of the group. We say those politicians who are for this BBL be forewarned, sign your political death warrants if you are for the BBL.