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Philippines: highly sought terrorist's corpse still MIA

Zulkifli bin Hir, wanted by the U.S., may still be alive
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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)

A month ago, Zulkifli bin Hir was proclaimed "killed" by a U.S.-backed Philippine army terror strike.

Then the 45-year-old U.S.-educated bombmaker nicknamed Marwan, one of Southeast Asia's most wanted terrorists, was thought to be incinerated beyond recognition by army-lobbed explosives at his jungle hideaway.

Now, it's looking increasingly likely that he was never killed and remains on the loose.

As the Asia News Network reports, "regional intelligence sources continue to insist that Marwan had escaped the air strike and had most likely fled Jolo Island."

Pretty elusive for a guy with a $5 million head price offered by America's National Counterterrorism Center.


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