Malaysian terrorist Marwan's finger cut off for DNA

Malaysian terrorist Marwan's finger cut off for DNA

Where is Marwan's body?

The Malaysian terrorist whose real name was Zulkifli bin Hir was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police commandos in Pidsandawan village in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao province, early on Sunday.

And the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (SAF) cut off one of the fingers on his right hand to make sure they got the DNA of the most wanted terrorist in Southeast Asia.

Supt. Raymond Train, the highest ranking officer on the SAF raiding team, wanted his men to bring Marwan's body as the group withdrew after killing the terrorist in a brief exchange of fire.

But the gunfire roused Marwan's security and soon the commandos came under fire.

Carrying Marwan's body was now out of the question. The commandos decided to cut off a finger from the terrorist's hand.

This reporter initially received two versions of the DNA extraction, the first saying the commandos had beheaded Marwan, and the second, cut off his finger.

But Police Director Getulio Napenas, the SAF commander who was sacked because of the big number of lives lost during the operation, and an official from the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) confirmed that the commandos cut off one of the fingers of Marwan.

"Finger, a finger from the right hand," said the PAOCC officer, who is from the PNP.

Train took the finger to Camp Awang in Maguindanao for DNA tests, the report said.

Before withdrawing, a commando took pictures of the dead Marwan, sources said. The body was left in the hut.

Death confirmed

President Benigno Aquino III, in a nationally televised address to the nation on Wednesday, reported the death of the bomb expert from the Indonesia-based terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah.

Earlier, Murad Ebrahim, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), confirmed in a radio interview in Cotabato City that Marwan, who had a US$6-million (S$8.1 million) price on his head, was killed in the police operation in Mamasapano.

It has been six days since that deadly "Oplan Wolverine" carried out by the SAF but the government has not produced Marwan's body.

A classified report submitted to the PAOCC headed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. said Marwan's body was immediately buried not in Pidsandawan but in a nearby village controlled by one Ali Tambako of the Justice for Islamic Movement.

According to the report, Marwan's wife, Joromee Dongon, informed her relatives of her husband's death hours after hearing about it from the terrorist's men.

Dongon used to be the wife of Khadaffy Janjalani, leader of the militant group Abu Sayyaf who was killed by government security forces in Sulu province on Sept. 4, 2006.

Was the body buried in Tambako's village really Marwan's?

The results of DNA tests will provide the answer.

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