Filipino officials confirmed on Sunday that Abdul Basit Usman, known as the most wanted bombmaker, was killed in a clash with Muslim rebels.
Abdul Basit Usman, the most wanted foreign trained, and several members of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were killed in a clash with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Guindulungan, Maguindanao at 11:50 a.m. Sunday, according to the Filipino presidential spokesman.
Usman was the second target of the Special Action Force (SAF) operation in which 44 SAF police were killed in a clash with members of the MILF, the BIFF, and other armed groups in Mamasapano on January 25.
Abdul Basit Usman got away, but Zulkifli Bin Hir, the primary target, was killed. 17 MILF members, and 5 civilians were also killed in the operation.
Aftermath the Mamasapano raid, security forces launched a one-month offensive against Usman and the BIFF from February to March.
The operation had became one of the worst security crisis for President Benigno Aquino’s governance and also peace process with the MILF were imperiled.
"(Abdul) Basit Usman was killed in a firefight in Guindulungan, Maguindanao at around noon today," Herminio "Sonny" Coloma, the presidential communications secretary, said in a statement.
Usman is originally from Maguindanao who made his name after Fitmart Mall bombing in Gen.Santos city more than ten years ago, contacted with militants while he was working as a technician in Saudi Arabia in the early 1990’s.
The US State Department put $6 million bounty for Abdul Basit Usman.
In March 2014, Government and the MILF signed a peace deal for ending 45 years conflict which has been killed more than 120.000 people and displaced 2 million.But rebels said they wouldn’t take away weapons until a final agreement reached.