Philippines: 3 Wanted Terrorist Leaders Killed

Published February 2, 2012 6:36AM (EST)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military says it has killed three most-wanted leaders of the al-Qaida-linked terrorist groups Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah in the southern Philippines.

Military spokesman Col. Marcelo Burgos says a military operation early Thursday on Jolo Island killed Abu Sayyaf leader Umbra Jumdail, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan, and Singaporean Abdullah Ali, who uses the guerrilla name Muawiyah.

The Malaysian and Singaporean are considered top leaders of the regional terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah. Marwan carried a $5 million reward for his killing or capture and Muawiyah $50,000, both put up by the U.S. government.

By Salon Staff

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