Philippine military announced on Thursday a member of an Al Qaeda-linked group, who was responsible for kidnapping two Malaysian nationals, was killed in military operation.
Mindas Manda, also known as Muktader Marwan, was killed on Wednesday afternoon in Jolo, the capital of southern Sulu province, said Western Mindanao Command spokesman Capt. Benjune Cerbo.
"He refused to surrender to the troops, instead engaged them in a firefight," said Cerbo in a statement.
Joint Task Group Sulu commander Colonel Allan Arrojado said Manda’s body was brought to the police station.
"This death of Manda was a result of intelligence-exchange between military and police based in Sulu," said Arrojado, adding that an M16 rifle with ammunition was found in the scene with the body.
"We received information on the whereabouts of the suspect from intelligence unit and we had given the information to the police."
Mindas Manda was accused of being a member of the Abu Sayyaf, an armed group which has carried out bombings, kidnappings, and assassinations in the Philippines in order to establish an independent province in the country.
Mindas and his brother Kadafy Manda are allegedly accused of organising an attack in the easternmost state of Sabah on May 14, kidnapping a restaurant manager and her husband.