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4 February 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Philippine Embassy today expressed its appreciation to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for confirming that it was indeed wanted Jemaah Islamiyah militant Zulkifli Abdhir who was killed by police commandos in Maguindanao last week.

We wish to thank the FBI for its assistance in confirming what Philippine authorities have been saying all along--that the Malaysian bombmaker Marwan has finally been eliminated." Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr. said.

It heartens us to know that the sacrifice of the 44 men who never came back from Mamasapano was not in vain," Ambassador Cuisia said as he expressed condolences to the families of the members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force who were killed in action on 25 January in the town of Mamasapano.

The initial results of the tests conducted on the DNA samples taken from the slain terrorist was conveyed to Ambassador Cuisia by Chief Supt. Jose Gentiles, the Embassy’s Police Attache, who has been coordinating with the FBI.

Chief Superintendent Gentiles said the FBI informed him that the preliminary results of the laboratory analysis of the DNA samples indicate a match with the DNA of Marwan’s detained brother Rahmat Abdhir.

Based on preliminary test results, the FBI has evidence that supports the claim that the DNA sample provided by the Government of the Philippines on January 27, 2015 is related to currently incarcerated subject Rahmat Abdhir,” the FBI informed Chief Superintendent Gentiles.

The FBI said the results of the laboratory analysis conducted in Quantico, Virginia, are preliminary only and that further testing and analysis will be conducted to fully identify the subject of the DNA provided by the Philippine National Police. ###