“The terrorist Basit Usman, who had been one of the subjects of the recent military All-out Offensive that started last February 27, 2015, died in a shootout with and among his own members,” 6th Infantry Division of Philippine Army said.
Usman was killed at Sitio Talanaken, Barangay Muti, Guindulungan, Maguindanao at around 10:00am yesterday. 6ID said the area is near the relocation site of the members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who were temporarily transferred from their communities during the conduct of the military offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
Upon hearing exchanges of fires, MILF members rushed to the area and found dead bodies as well as the firearms scattered in the area upon arrival.
“Sources in the ground believe that there was infighting among Usman’s followers fueled by the tussle for the huge monetary reward that was put on his head. The AFP is validating the reports that Usman became distrustful of some of his own men after the series of encounters between the AFP and his group in the past two months,” AFP chief General Catapang said.
“The Security sector and the MILF had played huge role in the success of the mission to get Usman into this situation,” 6ID said.