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Mukhlis Yunos

Moro Islamic Liberation Front Terrorist Operations Planner

AffiliationMoro Islamic Liberation Front1
RoleTerrorist Operations Planner1
AffiliationJemaah Islamiya1
Alternate Spelling(s)Saifullah Mukhlis Yunos, Muklis Yunos
Date of BirthJuly 7, 19662
Place of BirthLanao del Sur, Philippines2
HistoryAttended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)1
Narrative and Notes
  • An explosives expert, Yunos is the leader of the Special Operations Group of the Philippines-based Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
  • Yunos has assisted JI on several occasions. He assisted JI member Fathur Rohman Al-Ghozi in procuring explosives and weapons for shipment to Indonesia and elsewhere.
  • Yunos also carried out the December 30, 2000, bombings in Manila, known as the "Rizal Day Bombings," on behalf of JI.
  • Yunos received financial assistance from JI figures Faiz bin Abu Bakar Bafana and Fathur Rohman A1-Ghozi to conduct the Rizal Day bombings, which killed 22 people and injured more than 100. Yunos also assisted JI operations chief Hambali, and JI Singapore cell leader Faiz bin Abu Bakar Bafana in conducting surveillance of the U.S. and Israeli embassies in the Philippines.
  • Yunos studied in Pakistan and received military training in Afghanistan.1
    1 Press release JS-700, U.S. Department of Treasury, Sept. 5, 2003.
    2 U.S. Frozen Assets List, April 2006.
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