Suspected JI terrorist killed in Marawi
MANILA, Philippines - A suspected member of Jemaah Islamiyah, an Islamic militant group active in Southeast Asia, was killed by Philippine authorities Thursday night on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, a military spokesman said Friday.
Ustadz Sanusi, an Indonesian who also used the name Ishak, died in a hospital in Marawi City after sustaining gunshot wounds during a pursuit launched by police and military personnel, said Alberto Caber, a spokesman for the Philippine Army in the area.
Caber said Sanusi, who was wanted for arson and murder, was among seven suspected Jemaah Islamiyah figures being hunted by the authorities.
Sanusi was in possession of a hand grenade and an automatic rifle at the time of his death.
The authorities do not know the whereabouts of the other Jemaah Islamiyah suspects, Caber said.
Jemaah Islamiyah, with reported links to the al-Qaida militant group, has been active in the Philippines over the past decade.