Cops to ver­ify iden­ti­ties of Malaysian men killed in Philip­pines

New Straits Times - - News / Story of the day -

SHAH ALAM: Po­lice are wait­ing for of­fi­cial in­for­ma­tion on the claim that two Malaysians were among six for­eign militants killed in trou­bled Marawi City, Min­danao Is­land, south­ern Philip­pines

Fed­eral po­lice Spe­cial Branch Coun­terter­ror­ism Divi­sion (SBCTD) prin­ci­pal as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Datuk Ayob Khan My­din Pitchay said they have yet to ver­ify the in­for­ma­tion from the Philip­pine au­thor­i­ties.

“As far as I know, the names of the two men killed, who are sus­pected to be Malaysians, were re­leased by the Philip­pine mil­i­tary.

“But, we need to check first be­fore con­firm­ing whether they were in­deed Malaysians,” he told the New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

In or­der to con­firm the iden­ti­ties, Ayob said, po­lice needed to see whether any iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments, like pass­port, were found on the men.

In the ab­sence of this, po­lice would ac­quire their fin­ger­prints to com­pare with those in their data­base.

Ayob said po­lice could also make do with DNA pro­files of the killed militants.

How­ever, he said, this method would re­quire some in­for­ma­tion on their sus­pected iden­ti­ties so that po­lice could trace their fam­i­lies and make com­par­isons.

On the num­ber of Malaysians whom SB-CTD had known to have gone to the Philip­pines to join ter­ror groups, he said po­lice so far could only con­firm four.

“So far, we can con­firm that four Malaysians went there to join ter­ror groups.

“They are Dr Mah­mud Ah­mad, Mohd Jo­raimeen, Jek­nal Adil and Mohd Amin Ba­cho.

“How­ever, po­lice be­lieve that there are more than that, but we were could not con­firm the in­for­ma­tion.”

It was re­ported that Philip­pines au­thor­i­ties have iden­ti­fied two Malaysians among those killed in a bat­tle with Philip­pines se­cu­rity forces in Marawi City, Min­danao.

The two were Dr Kamsa Yahya from Kedah and Ab­du­rah­man As­mawi from Ke­lan­tan, ac­cord­ing to sources.

They were among six killed on Thurs­day in bat­tles raged for three days at the city.

Reuters yes­ter­day re­ported, quot­ing Philip­pine Solic­i­tor-Gen­eral Jose Cal­ida, that In­done­sians and Malaysians were among for­eign militants fight­ing the Philip­pine army in Min­danao Is­land.

Datuk Ayob Khan My­din Pitchay

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