Al-Qaida-linked militant dead, DNA tests confirms

January 20, 2007 10:02


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DNA test results confirm the killing of Khaddafy Janjalani, the head of al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf group, during a clash with Philippine troops in September, the government said Friday. The news came four days after US-backed Philippine troops killed senior Abu Sayyaf commander, Abu Sulaiman, marking a major victory in a US-backed campaign to wipe out Islamic militants in the south of the archipelago after decades of bombings and kidnappings. Janjalani's death was confirmed after DNA tests were conducted in the US to compare tissue samples taken from remains found buried in the jungles of southern Jolo island in December with those of Janjalani's relatives, military Chief of Staff Gen. Hermogenes Esperon said Saturday.

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