Lifeless or alive? Hunt is on in Marawi for Malaysia&#039s most needed terrorist

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KUALA LUMPUR: Philippine troops in Marawi Town are searching down a Malaysian militant who assisted to finance the months-prolonged siege of the southern Philippine city by professional-Islamic State teams.

It is unclear, nonetheless, if Mahmud Ahmad if still alive, even as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the city liberated on Tuesday (Oct 17).

A regional stability resource told Channel NewsAsia that Mahmud is considered to be useless right after getting killed by the Philippine armed service all through operations two days ago to very clear the city’s fight space of remaining terrorists.

Philippine armed service officers, nonetheless, have not verified Mahmud’s death. Last June, the armed service experienced mentioned Mahmud was killed, only to have him resurface months later.

“Dr Mahmud is considered to be useless. (Freed) hostages mentioned he died two days ago. The armed service is browsing for his human body suitable now,” the resource told Channel NewsAsia.

“Dr Mahmud was badly wounded in the facial area. His past regarded coordinates had been in the main fight space in Marawi city, holed up collectively with 20 to 25 hostages as well as some household customers of the Maute and Abu Sayyaf teams.

“Another Malaysian militant, Mohd Amin Baco and one Indonesian had been also with him,” extra the resource.

There are no facts on the destiny of the Amin Baco and the Indonesian.

Smoke billows from destroyed buildings right after federal government troops fired mortars at an Islamic State situation in Marawi AFP/Ferdinandh CABRERA


The Marawi siege was introduced by Isnilon Hapilon, chief of the Abu Sayyaf Group’s IS faction, collectively with the Maute Team which is led by brothers Omar and Abdullah Maute.

Isnilon and Omar had been both killed in combat, declared the Philippine Defence Secretary on Monday. The destiny of Abdullah Maute is unidentified.

“Mahmud is considered to have been collectively with Isnilon and Omar primarily based on checking of their communications,” mentioned the regional resource. He gave no facts as to whether Mahmud was in the very same spot when Isnilon and Omar had been had been killed.

In accordance to the armed service, Mahmud channeled US$600,000 and recruited adult men for the Marawi assault that has killed additional than one,000 men and women and displaced 400,000 people.

Displaced families continue to be at an evacuation centre outside the city, as army troops carry on their assault from insurgents from the Maute group in Marawi city, Philippines, July three, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Mahmud, 39, retains a doctorate in religious research and was a college lecturer in Kuala Lumpur. He was Hapilon’s second-in-command in the IS’ Southeast Asia “caliphate”, in accordance to a July report by Indonesia-primarily based Institute of Coverage Evaluation and Conflict (IPAC).

In June, a senior Malaysian intelligence official told Channel NewsAsia that Mahmud was hugely risky and that he was the brains driving the Maute and IS factions of the Abu Sayyaf teams.

Jointly with Isnilon Hapilon, he experienced planned to set up an IS territory.

Mahmud is also regarded to have recruited and arranged for the passage of Malaysians to Syria to join IS, including the country’s initial suicide bomber, Ahmad Tarmimi Maliki.

He fled Malaysia for southern Philippines in 2014 together with two other associates, right after getting phrase that the law enforcement had been right after him.

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