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Southeast Asia, explained

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The Philippine military said he was killed in a US-backed raid. But Zulkifli Bin Hir, a Malaysian terrorist bomb maker with a $5 million price on his head, may still be alive. (National Counterterrorism Center/Courtesy)

Remember that highly sought terrorist, Zulkifli bin Hir, who was reportedly killed in a US-backed air strike in a Philippines jungle?

The US-educated, Malaysia-born bombmaker with a $5 million head price from America's National Counterterrorism Center?

The guy who, despite the Philippine army's bluster, was never recovered among the incinerated remains at his remote hideout?

He is "still alive but he is badly injured," according to a New York Times interview with Malaysia's top counterterrorism task force.