Philippine army eliminates ISIS-linked terrorist behind suicide attacks targeting Catholic worshipers
Philippine military officials say troops have eliminated on Friday a “high-value” Muslim terrorist who acted as a key link of ISIS to local jihadists and helped set up a series of deadly suicide attacks in the southern Philippines.
The officials say Muslim terrorist Talha Jumsah, also known as Abu Talha, was eliminated Friday in a clash with government forces in the jungles of Patikul town in Sulu province, which has been rocked by three deadly suicide bombings this year.
In January, Muslim terrorists detonated two huge bombs at a Roman Catholic cathedral in the Mindanao region of the southern Philippines, murdering at least 27 people and wounding nearly 80 during a Sunday Mass.
Military officials said Saturday that Talha served as a bomb-making instructor and Arabic translator, and facilitated the transfer of foreign funds for the suicide attacks.