Palace confirms killing of Indonesian, Malaysian terror suspects


Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Saturday confirmed that government forces “successfully neutralized” two members of the regional terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) in separate incidents in Mindanao last year.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigal Valte identified the two as Ibnu Gholib al-Jitli, alias Ustadz Sanusi, an Indonesian, and Noor Fikrie Kahar, a Malaysian.

She said the killing of the two sent a clear message to foreign terrorists that the Philippines was no longer a safe haven for them.

“These are tangible gains in our fight against terrorism and it is our hope that this will signal to other like-minded people that they cannot just come to the Philippines and use our country as a safe haven to spread acts of terror,” said Valte.

This was “good news,” she said, and “it is only proof of our continuing fight against terrorism.”

Sanusi was killed during a shootout with personnel of the Philippine Army’s First Division in Marawi City on Nov. 21.

Valte said Sanusi engaged the security forces in a firefight after they raided his hideout and attempted to arrest him.

“During the investigation by the police, they found electronic devices and large amounts of currency among his personal effects,” said Valte.



Sanusi was believed to be a senior JI member who figured in a beheading incident in Indonesia in 2005, a year before he fled to Mindanao.

Three Christian schoolgirls were beheaded in the town of Poso in Sulawesi, Indonesia, Valte said.

Kahar was shot dead by Davao City police while attempting to detonate an improvised explosive device in a city hotel on Dec. 18.

His wife, Anabelle Nieva Lee, remains in the custody of the authorities and is “under judicial process,” said Valte, who did not elaborate.

“So at least we could show that the government is serious in its antiterror campaign,” said Valte.

The JI is a Southeast Asian extremist group responsible for a series of terror attacks on regional government and civilian targets, including the infamous bombings in the Indonesian resort of Bali which killed 202 people in 2002. Michael Lim Ubac

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  • farmerpo

    Aha!!!! kaya di na ibinigay si Amalilio. Baka i shoot out din. 

  • superpilipinas

    patay nanaman.

    di talaga kayang captured alive.

    no ability.

    dapat ang nabibigyan lang ng medal ay yung mga nakakahuli ng buhay.

    • sarapbuhay

       eh kung kapatid mo kaya ang pinugutan nung mga demonyong yan, dami mong kaekeken, di dapat binubuahy yang mga yan, kaya lumalakas loob ng mga teroristang yan dahil sa katulad nyong mga madada wala namang ginagawa para masugpo tong grupong ito.  ano ba ang nagawa mo na?

      • otire

        malamang terorrista din yan pre..

    • Ernesto

      dapat lang patayin,makatakas pa yan bro.

    • Pitbulldog

      Sana binalatan muna nang buhay bago pinatay ang mga yan… Kulang pa ang buhay nila sa mga kahayupangn ginawa nila.  O di naman kaya hinuli muna sana nang buhay, saka na-disembowel.  Iyon bang unti unting tinatanggal ang laman loob hanggang mamatay.  Gaya ng ginagawa sa England noon unang panahon.

  • wawa2172

    Good job AFP and PNP but still a lot of things to do with respect to terrorist hiding in Mindanao. Iligan City was rocked with several bombing incident the last few months. A bomb exploded in a traveller lodge sometime last  november, another was detonated near the city post office last december and a week ago 9 people were hurt when a home made bomb attached in a bicycle exploded near the old Gaisano Mall. Well, Iligan City is one of the beautiful city in Mindanao. It is just a small city but a bustling one. Security however is lax and must be reinforced.

  • Pangkatbukid

    The wife should be shot also.She knew all along what’s her husband intend to do.

  • Banana Na

    good news…loko naman ang mga ito, pumunta sila sa pilipinas ay papatayin mo pa ang kababayan namin….

  • Palparan

    Kamatayan sa mga teroristang muslim!

  • boybakal

    Palace confirms killing of Indonesian, Malaysian terror suspects…

    This will bolster the Malaysian police not to give Amarillo to Philippine authorities.
    For sure, Dead not on checkpoint but agaw baril.

  • Pers


  • virgo57

    Muslim terrorists seeking refuge in Mindanao and shield by their comrades in guise of MILF, Bangsa Moro, MNLF but in form and substance is one and the same they are bandits.Ginagago lang nila ang mamayan T limits sa sailing mantika. PULBOSIN NA!

  • Ernesto

    tama lang patayin kasi terorista ,yan ang davao city.

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