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Most-wanted Filipino militant killed in drone attack

world Updated: Jan 21, 2010 21:51 IST
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A Filipino militant and a bomb-making expert, most-wanted by the United States, was killed in an American drone strike in Pakistan's resitve South Waziristan region on January 14.

The militant, identified as Abdul Basit Usman, was killed in a drone strike on the house of Yaqub Khan in Shaktoi village where more than 10 militants, including two foreigners, were killed on January 14, Dawn news reported.

The US authorities considered Usman a threat to the country and Philippines and had announced a reward of $1 million for his arrest.

Usman allegedly had links to the Philippines-based Abu Sayyaf Group and Jamiah Islamiyah terrorist organisations operating in southern Philippines, the report said.

According to the US State Department, Usman is believed to have planned several bombings that has killed several people and was wanted in the US for his involvement in terrorist activities.

Usman had also been indicted in the Philippines for his role in multiple bombings since 2003, and the government of the Philippines had issued a warrant for his arrest as well.