Government soldiers killed top Malaysian terrorist in MarawiPosted on
PETALING JAYA, Malaysia —- Government soldiers killed one of the top Malaysian terrorist during the aerial bombing Thursday, September 28, which took place at the vicinity of the Bato Mosque in Marawi City.
The Bato Mosque used to serve as the command center of the Islamic State (IS-inspired) Maute terrorists.
A report published in Malaysia The Star online revealed that Militant Muhammad Joraimee Awang Raimee, 42, was killed by Philippine government soldiers in Marawi.
Joraimee served as councilor in Selayang Municipal before he became the most trusted lieutenant of Universiti Malaya professor-turned-militant Dr Mahmud Ahmad while hiding in the jungle with the Abu Sayyaf terror group in Basilan.
Malaysian authorities believed Joraimee was among 15 persons killed in aerial bombing as troops regained control of Bato Mosque.
He is reportedly the third Malaysian known to have been killed in the Marawi city siege entering its fourth month.
The two other Malaysian terrorists killed were identified by Malaysian intelligence sources last May are Abdurahman Asmawi from Kelantan and Dr. Kamsa Yahya from Kedah.
The death of two Joraimee could mean that the government soldiers are nearing the location of Isnilon Hapilon, the self confessed Emir of the South-East Asia caliphate and the Maute leaders.
The Staro nline stated “Intelligence sources in the Philippines and Malaysia said that Joraimee, also known as Abu Nur, was confirmed to be among the dead at the mosque.”
The Star online reported Joraimee and other top terrorists officials were at the vicinity of the Bato Mosque when Philippine troops moved in.
Malaysian Police Inspector-General Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, confirmed to the Star that Joraimee was indeed killed in Marawi “Yes, this is what I have received so far. Am unable to give more details at this moment.”
Malaysia authorities believed Joraimee and Dr Mahmud were among the key planners of the May 23 Marawi attack with Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and the Maute brothers – Abdullah and Omarkhayam – for the creation of a caliphate in South-East Asia.
Dr. Mahmud was considered the bagman who reportedly financed Marawi attack, reportedly received RM500,000 or about P62-million from IS militants and sympathizers.
During the media interview Friday, Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt-Gen Carlito Galvez revealed that five top militants including Abdullah Maute and two foreigners, were killed at Bato Mosque.
Galvez, however, did not revealed the names of the foreign terrorists.
Though the Scene of the Crime operatives collected took DNA from the recovered cadavers, still authorities face a challenge in identifying them as they could not find a dental record to be used in the DNA testing.
Intelligence sources said Dr Mahmud and four or five more Malaysian militants are still in the Marawi battle area with Hapilon.-
Galvez is optimistic, the Marawi crisis will end very soon. -Editha Z. Caduaya/Newsline.ph and Philip Golingai, Danial Albakri, Muguntan Vanar of Star online Malaysia.
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