ZAMBOANGA: One of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) members linked to the deadly Bali bombing in 2002 is believed to have been killed in an air strike on al-Qaeda-linked groups in the southern Philippines, a military official said yesterday.
The JI member, Dulmatin, and another Indonesian, Mohammad Ali Abdul Rahiman, also known as Mauyha, were among those killed when aircraft targeted a meeting in the southern island of Mindanao on Thursday, said Colonel Gerry Jalandoni.
Jalandoni, who commands forces in the area, said intelligence operatives reported that two of three Indonesian JI members who were in the area of the air strike were killed.
He said the military had found seven ripped-up bodies in the marsh.
The military attacked after receiving information that the three JI members were meeting with leaders of the Abu Sayyaf Muslim kidnap group and with renegade members of the Muslim separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The JI is considered the South-East Asian chapter of al-Qaeda and is blamed for the 2002 bombing in Bali, in which more than 200 people were killed.
The military has accused MILF commanders of sheltering JI members in Mindanao in violation of the ceasefire but the rebels deny this. AFP
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