Philippine gov't confirms death of 2 Islamic terrorists

2013-01-26 11:57:31 GMT2013-01-26 19:57:31(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MANILA, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government confirmed Saturday the killing of two suspected terrorists who are members of the notorious terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), saying that the country is not a safe haven for them.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigial Valte, in an interview over a state-run radio station, said that the death of Ibnu Gholib Al-Jitli or Ustadz Sanusi and Noor Fikrie Kahar late last year should serve as a warning to terrorists.

"We are confirming that Philippine authorities have successfully neutralized two foreign terrorists. They are both members of Jemaah Islamiyah," she said, stressing that the government is serious on its fight against terrorism.

"We are hoping that these two events should serve as a strong message to individuals like them that the Philippines could not be made as safe haven for terrorists," she said.

Sanusi, an Indonesian who was tagged as one of those involved in the 2005 beheading of three schoolgirls in Sulawesi, Indonesia, died in a firefight when security forces tried to arrest him in Southern Philippine city of Marawi last November, Valte said.

Kahar, a Malaysian, was killed by Philippine security forces in December last year, Valte said, adding that the suspected terrorist attempted to detonate an improvised explosive device in a hotel in Davao City when he was killed.

Jemaah Islamiah is a Southeast Asian militant Islamist terrorist organization dedicated to the establishment of a regional Islamic state in Southeast Asia. It was added to the UN list of terrorist organizations linked to al-Qaeda or the Taliban in October 2002, immediately following the JI perpetrated Bali bombing.

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