Posted by: JWP | 01/21/2010

Filipino Islamic terrorist killed in Pakistan

Filipino militant killed in Pakistan

Sun Star 01/22/10

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — A Filipino militant wanted in the United States is believed to have been killed in an American drone strike close to the Afghan border earlier this month, Pakistani intelligence officials said Thursday.

Two military intelligence officers in northwestern Pakistan said Abdul Basit Usman was believed killed on January 14 on the border of Pakistan’s South and North Waziristan tribal regions.

Another 11 militants were also killed in the strike on a militant compound.

It was not possible to confirm the reports, and there had been no previous indication Usman was in Pakistan.

If confirmed, the death of Usman would represent another success for the covert program of missile strikes that the US has carried out since 2008.

Authorities have previously said the attack had targeted the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud.

The US State Department’s list of most-wanted terrorists identifies Usman as a bomb-making expert with links to the Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf militant ground and the Southeast Asian Jemaah Islamiyah network. It puts a bounty of US $1 million for information leading to his conviction.

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