Police to work with Philippines to confirm Mahmud’s death

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PUTRAJAYA: Police are prepared to cooperate with Philippine authorities to confirm that Malaysian militant Mahmud Ahmad was killed in Marawi.

Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said they had already obtained DNA samples from Mahmud’s family and were prepared to hand them over to the Philippine authorities if requested to.

“We don’t even have his body. I can confirm that we have taken the necessary measures to obtain DNA samples from his family.

“If possible, we will send them over to help the authorities confirm that Mahmud is dead. But no request has been made by the Philippine authorities yet, although we are prepared to assist them,” he told reporters here today.

Fuzi’s comments came days after Bukit Aman’s Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division assistant director Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said police were ready to take DNA samples to confirm Mahmud’s death if requested by the Philippine government.

It is believed Mahmud was killed during a battle with the Philippine army in Marawi City, Philippines, last Wednesday.

Earlier this week, Bernama reported that the defence ministry was still awaiting confirmation of Mahmud’s death from the Malaysian Armed Forces’ (MAF) intelligence unit.

Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said although the Philippines’ highest authority had confirmed the militant’s death, the MAF had yet to receive a report on the matter.

Police ready to perform DNA tests on Mahmud’s body