WASHINGTON: The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that Malaysian Zulkifli Hir @ Marwan, one of its “most wanted terrorists,” was killed in a raid in the Philippines in January.
A person familiar with the investigation said the FBI was able to confirm his death in part through DNA analysis of a severed finger that Philippine authorities collected from the gruesome scene of a raid that left Marwan dead.
The FBI has confirmed that Marwan was killed in a raid in the Philippines in January.
The finger was transported to the United States where FBI agents compared its DNA to one his siblings and found a link.
Only a finger, and not a full body, was recovered from the scene because of the chaotic aftermath of the raid in which 44 Philippine police commandos were killed when they clashed with Muslim rebels.
The raid ended a three-year ceasefire.
The US State Department had offered US$5mil for the arrest of Marwan, a member of the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah militant group behind numerous bombing attacks in the Philippines.
Three years ago, the Philippine military reported that Marwan died in an air strike, but he surfaced again last year in Mindanao under protection of a Moro Islamic Liberation Front splinter group.
In a statement, David Bowdich, assistant director in charge at the FBI Los Angeles Field office said the agency has now taken Marwan off its Most Wanted Terrorist list and thanked the Philippine police.
“Once again, the men and women of the FBI express sincere condolences to the brave officers of the Special Action Force who lost their lives while attempting to apprehend this dangerous fugitive,” Bowdich said. â€“ Reuters