Who is Basit Usman?

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Bomb maker Basit Usman was killed by his own men in a clash that happened on May 3.

(CNN Philippines) — Wanted terrorist and bomb expert Abdul Basit Usman was confirmed dead on Monday (May 4) by the Public Affairs Office of the Armed Forces' Sixth Infantry Division (6ID).

Usman, who was one of the targets of a recent military all-out offensive that started last February 27, died in a shootout with his own men in Sitio Talanaken in Guindulungan, Maguindanao on Sunday (May 3).

Related: AFP: Usman killed by followers – not MILF – for $1M bounty

Usman was the head of the Special Operations Group of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), splinter group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The Shariff Aguak native had also been linked to militant groups Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah.


He reportedly pledged allegiance to Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi along with slain terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan, who was killed in the Mamasapano massacre last January.

Both Marwan and Usman were the targets of a botched police operation that resulted in the death of 44 Special Action Force troopers. Marwan had a $5 million bounty for his capture at that time, while the reward for Usman was $1 million. Both bounties were offered by the U.S. State Department.

Related: FBI confirms death of Marwan with DNA from severed finger

According to the 6ID, the MILF "played a huge role" in flushing out Usman and getting BIFF forces to go against their own leader.