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Khadafi Janjalani

Abu Sayyaf Commander


Khadafi JanjalaniKhadafi Janjalani

ImportanceVery High
Means of DeathHostile fire from Philippine security forces3
Date of DeathSept. 4, 20063
Location of DeathJolo Island, Sulu Province, Philippines3
AffiliationAbu Sayyaf
Full Given NameKhadafi Abubakar Janjalani
Alias(es)Abu Muktar1, Jimar Manalad Montanio1, Khadafi Montanio1, Abu Mochtar1, The Good-Hearted1, Daf1, Omar Bin Salik1
Alternate Spelling(s)Khadaffy Janjalani, Khadafi Abubakar Janjalam, Amir Khadafi Abubaker Janjalani
Age at Death31
Date of BirthMarch 3, 19751
Place of BirthIsabela, Basilan, Philippines
Weight120 lbs
DescriptionBlack hair; brown eyes; tan complexion; thin build. May have chin hair and slight mustache.1
Charged withHostage Taking Resulting in Death; Murder of a U.S. National outside the United States; several others1
Charging authorityUnited States
Narrative and Notes
  • He assumed leadership of Abu Sayyaf after the death of his elder brother, Abdurajak Abubakar Janjalani, in December 1998.
  • Speaks Tausug, Tagalog, limited Arabic and English.
  • The FBI described him as "quiet and reserved" and said he "is thought to have an elevated opinion of his abilities."
  • The U.S. government is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to his capture.1,2
  • He may have traveled to Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.
  • An informant told authorities that Janjalani was killed in a shootout on Sept. 4, 2006. Skeletal remains found in a makeshift grave in December 2006 were identified as his on Jan. 20, 2007.1,3
    1 FBI most-wanted terrorist web page.
    2 U.S. State Department. 'Country Reports on Terrorism.' 2005.
    3 Gomez, Jim. "No strong successor seen for Abu Sayyaf." The Associated Press: Jan. 21, 2007.
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