‘Killed’ Sayyaf leader surrenders in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY: A notorious Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader, who was reported by Malaysia to have been killed in a clash with security forces in Sabah, turned alive and surrendered to authorities in Basilan, sources confirmed on Wednesday.

Nurhassan Jamiri, who is linked to terror attacks and ransom kidnappings in southern Philippines, was taken to the military’s Western Mindanao Command here where he would undergo interrogation.

Military officials did not give any statement on Jamiri’s surrender, but Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao confirmed the report.

“Western Mindanao Command will take charge of it,” he told The Manila Times.

The Eastern Sabah Security Command said Jamiri, who is on top of the Philippines’ most wanted terrorist list, was killed along with two other bandits at a plantation in Tawau town in Sabah on February 27.

Datuk Hazani Ghazali, chief of the Eastern Sabah Security Command, said the three bandits had opened fire at pursuing policemen inside the plantation, about a kilometer from the main Kalabakan-Keningau Road, in a four-minute shootout.

Hazani said Jamiri’s group is linked to a cross-border terrorist network that might be planning an attack on Sabah. He said they could also be linked to 10 people arrested recently by the Bukit Aman anti-terrorism unit for planning to carry out attacks in the eastern state.

He said Tawau district police chief Assistant Commander Fadil Marcus had also noted that the suspects seemed to operate in a tactical manner before they were shot dead.

A report on March 1 by the Malaysian newspaper, The Star, quoting regional intelligences sources, said Jamiri was…

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