Boyish-looking militant who is a brutal killer

Boyish-looking militant who is a brutal killer
Mohd Amin Baco.

KOTA KINABALU - Mohd Amin Baco may look boyish in his photograph but this is a brutal killer who is believed to have taken part in Abu Sayaff's beheadings in their terror activities in the Philippines, Sabah and Indonesia.

The Tawau-born Malaysian is a member of Darul Islam Sabah (DIS), an offshoot of Indonesia's Darul Islam and Jemaah Isla­miah, and is on the wanted list for militancy. Mohd Amin, 31, is suspected to have moved about Sabah and Indon-esia to facilitate militant travel between the two places to carry out activities including arms smuggling.

Sources said he had been on the wanted list since a 2006 crackdown against DIS which saw 16 of its members arrested under the now abolished Internal Security Act.

Mohd Amin, who is of Indonesian descent, is believed to have planned suicide bombings in Sabah following the arrest of DIS members.

He eventually teamed up with a stateless 30-year-old man of Filipino descent, Jeknal Adil @ Jek, to kidnap cousins Tung Wee Jie and Tung Wee Wei on Nov 14, 2012 from their farm in Tambisan, Lahad Datu.

Wee Jie managed to escape on Aug 8, 2013 but Wee Wei is believed to have died in captivity in Jolo.

Jeknal is known to have worked as a labourer is Sabah. He is believed to have been a member of DIS since 2003, the sources said.

Mohd Amin, according to sources, had been a member since 2001.

He has been working closely with the Abu Sayyaf, which is suspected to be linked to Tawi Tawi-based groups responsible for cross border kidnappings.

He is also said to have been involved with Abu Sayaff attacks in southern Philippines, where kidnap victims were beheaded, and in the Poso conflict in Sulawesi in 2001.

He was trained at the al-Qaeda- linked Abu Sayaff training ground in southern Philippines between 2005 and 2006.

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