Top JI member killed in Marawi City

A member of Jemaah Islamiya (JI), an al-Qeada linked Indonesian terror group, was killed by government security forces that raided his lair Thursday night in Marawi City, military and police reports said Friday.

Army Captain Alberto Caber, spokesman of the 1st Infantry Division in Labangan, identified the terrorist as Ustadz Sanusi, alias Ishak, a member of the Jemaah Islamiya and an Islamic Scholar.

The army officer said Sanusi a sustained gunshot wound when the latter tried to evade arrest from a combined operatives of the PNP’s Special Action Force and military intelligence units of the 103rd Infantry Brigade in Barrio Salam.

The said place is adjacent to the Mindanao State University compound in Marawi City.

The suspect was rushed to the Amai Pakpak Hospital in Marawi City but died while attending physicians tried to save him from  wounds he sustained during the armed scuffle with government forces.

A PNP SAF operative was also wounded when he fell from a building during a brief pursuit against Sanusi who is armed with hand grenade when subdued by operatives.

Sanusi is facing arson and murder cases in different parts of Mindanao to include kidnapping activities in southernPhilippines.

The Indonesian terrorist also participated in the planned beheading of three Christian school girls in Poso, Indonesia as a way of avenging the murder of Muslims during the sectarian conflict in Central Sulawesi province between 1998 and 2002.

Acting on the warrant of arrest issued by 11th Judicial Region RTC Judge Oscar Noel, of Saranggani province, Ist ID Commander Maj. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz III formed an operating troops to arrest Sanusi.

However, while the troops are approaching Sanusi’s den, the Indonesian, senses the incoming operatives attempted to evade arrest but was subdued.

The operations are centered to at least seven other JI terrorist but only Sanusi was present when operatives raided his den.

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