Mohammad Yusoph bin Abdullah
Cotabato City, [05.03.15] – Basit Usman together with his nephew and four others were reportedly killed in an ambush this afternoon in a remote village of Abgan, Tambunan, Maguindanao, a highly placed source told The Philippine Examiner.
The source who asked for anonymity confirmed the deaths of five persons including that of Usman by phone.
According to the source, the incident happened at 3:00 o’ clock Sunday afternoon in the village of Abgan, a remote area in the municipality of Tambunan. Aside from Basit Usman, his nephew Mujahid Usman was identified as among the casualties.
“He was invited through a phone call by Kagi Wahid Tundok, the leader of the 118 Based Command of Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces [BIAF] to come to the area, but was ambushed on their way”, the source said.
Usman’s body was immediately retrieved by his relatives, the source ended.
Meanwhile, Usman’s death was also confirmed by the leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front [MILF] including top police officials in Maguindanao province, but the army in the area has refused to issue any statement, about the incident.
Abdul Basit Usman was tagged by the authorities as a foreign trained bomb maker who had a link to international terrorist group, Jemaah Islamiya and Abu Sayyaf.
He was the second high value target in the botched operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao where his fellow bomb maker Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir was killed.
Usman was carrying a US$1 million bounty on his head which was offered by the United State Department last 2009.