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Palace bares deaths of 2 JI operatives in MIndanao
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines -- Malacanang on Saturday announced the deaths of two foreign members of the Jemaah Islamiya terror network in Mindanao late last year.

“We are confirming that Philippine authorities have successfully neutralized … two foreign terrorists. Both are members of the Jemaah Islamiyah,” deputy Palace spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over state-owned Radyo ng Bayan.

Valte said Ustadz Sanusi, alias “Ishak,” an Indonesian, was tracked down in Marawi City on November 21 and died when he tried to shoot it out.

He fled to the Philippines after he was linked to the beheading of three schoolgirls in Sulwesia in 2005.

On the other hand, police killed Kahar, a Malaysian, in Davao City on December 14 when he resisted arrest and instead attempted to set off a bomb. His Filipina wife was arrested and is on trial.

Valte said the deaths of the two proves “that we are serious in our fight against this kind of terrorism and we are hoping that through these two consecutive events (we) would send a strong message among terrorists … that they must not use the Philippines as their safe haven.”