MANILA - ABS-CBN News has received an alleged photo of terror suspect Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan after he was slain by elements of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force in his hideout in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
The photo was presented during a security briefing at the 6th Infantry Division headquarters in Awang, Maguindanao one day after the raid that saw 44 elite police commandos killed by Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters.
Among those who attended the briefing were Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Pio Catapang and PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director Leonardo Espina.
The photo is being used as basis by officials to say that the PNP SAF team killed Marwan.
Another source from the PNP also confirmed that the man in the picture is Marwan.
The source said PNP-SAF troops arrived at the hut of the terror suspect around 4 a.m. Sunday, January 25.
Marwan allegedly fired several shots at the raiding team before he was gunned down, with shots to the chest and arm.
The source said SAF operatives took a DNA sample from Marwan, which was sent to the US for confirmation that he is the terror suspect and alleged bomb maker.
Marwan, who belongs to terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), is included in the most wanted list of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation with a $5-million bounty on his head.
This was not the first time that law enforcers claimed to have neutralized Marwan. He was reportedly killed in a clash in Mindanao in 2012 but later turned up alive.
Establishing Marwan’s identity is essential in ensuring that the JI top operative has indeed been neutralized, especially in terms of claiming the reward.