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'Slain' Southeast Asian militant is alive: Philippines

Published on Aug 6, 2014 7:40 PM
This undated handout photo from the Rewards for Justice website of the US Department of Justice, shows a mug shot of Malaysian-born Zulkifli bin Abdul Hir, alias Marwan, one of the three senior leaders from the Al-Qaeda linked Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah militant allegedly killed by the military. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippine military said on Wednesday one of Southeast Asia’s top Islamic militants was alive, more than two years after jubilantly declaring he had been killed in a US-backed airstrike.

Zulkifli bin Abdul Hir, alias Marwan, a Malaysian bomb maker with a US$5-million US-government bounty on his head, is roaming the southern Philippines, senior military officials said.

“He is alive and we continue to monitor him,” Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala told AFP.

Philippine military chiefs said in February 2012 that Zulkifli was among 15 members of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah organisations killed in an airstrike on the southern island of Jolo.

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