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PUBLISHED: Jan 27, 2015 7:50pm

Wisma Putra awaits report on claim Malaysian killed in Philippine battle

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Philippines media reported that a Malaysian, said to be Zulkifli Hir alias Marwan, was killed in the battle on Sunday which also claimed the lives of 50 Philippine police commandos and injured 12 others. — TRP file pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27, 2015:

The Foreign Ministry (Wisma Putra) is still waiting for a full report from the Philippine government on a claim that a Malaysian was killed in a battle in Mamasapano Town, Philippines on Sunday.

A Wisma Putra spokesman said based on a preliminary report received, there was a battle between Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and the country’s police commandos that day.

“The man was reported killed but confirmation has not been received yet although the Philippine government informed us that they have proof it was the man,” he said today.

Philippine media reported that a Malaysian, said to be Zulkifli Hir alias Marwan, was killed in the battle which also claimed the lives of 50 Philippines police commandos and injured 12 others.

The battle took place when the commandos tried to nab Marwan, who is high on the wanted list for terrorist activities, in a 11-hour battle at Mamasapano town, which is controlled by MILF, on Sunday morning.

In the meantime, the Foreign Ministry spokesman added that the Malaysian Embassy in Manila was still waiting for further notification from the Philippine government before issuing a statement, including to Marwan’s family.

Meanwhile, AFP reported that the Interior Secretary of the Philippines Manuel Roxas told a media conference in Manila today that “there is a high likelihood, according to the participants, that Marwan was killed in the
operation, but this needs confirmation.”

“While the commandos failed to recover the body of their main target, they were able to take pictures, and these pictures will undergo a process to determine whether it was Marwan or not,” he said.

Roxas said he had personally seen some of the photographs, but could not “tell from these pictures whether it was Marwan or not”.

Malaysian Federal Police (Bukit Aman) Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division principal assistant director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said no official confirmation had yet been received from his Filipino counterpart that the person killed was Marwan.

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