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Most-wanted Filipino militant killed in US drone attack in Pak

A Filipino militant and a bomb- making expert, most-wanted by the United States, was killed in an American drone strike in Pakistan`s restive South Waziristan region on January 14.



Islamabad: A Filipino militant and a bomb-
making expert, most-wanted by the United States, was killed in
an American drone strike in Pakistan`s restive South
Waziristan region on January 14.

The militant, identified as Abdul Basit Usman, was killed
in a drone strike on the house of Yaqub Khan in Shaktoi
village where more than 10 militants, including two
foreigners, were killed on January 14, Dawn news reported.
The US authorities considered Usman a threat to the
country and Philippines and had announced a reward of USD 1
million for his arrest.

Usman allegedly had links to the Philippines-based Abu
Sayyaf Group and Jamiah Islamiyah terrorist organisations
operating in southern Philippines, the report said.
According to the US State Department, Usman is believed
to have planned several bombings that has killed several
people and was wanted in the US for his involvement in
terrorist activities.

Usman had also been indicted in the Philippines for his
role in multiple bombings since 2003, and the government of
the Philippines had issued a warrant for his arrest as well.

PTI

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