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Dead? Top terrorist is alive, admits military


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One of Southeast Asia’s top Islamic militants is alive, recently seen in Cotobato with about a dozen remaining members of the terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah, the Philippine military intelligence chief said. Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir, better known as Marwan, was declared dead by the military two years ago after a US-backed airstrike in Sulu province. “As far as we are concerned, there is a big possibility that Marwan is still alive…. There have been consistent reports of his presence in the Cotabato area. We have sources telling us they met him,” said. Intelligence Service chief Major General Eduardo Año. It was the first time for the military to officially share its information on Marwan surviving the airstrike in February 2012.

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