ABUBAKAR & KHADAFY JANJALANI BROTHERS
* Abdurajak Abubakar Janjalani, the older brother of Khadafy Janjalani, born in 03/30/1975, was born in the mid 60sfin Isabela City, in the island of Basilan, one of the smallest and poorest regions of the Philippines. Basilan is one of the islands in Mindanao archipelagos in the Southern Philippines inhabited mainly by Muslims.
Consequently, being on the social or political division line between Christians and Muslims, Isabela City and Basilan island have seen some of the fiercest fighting between government troops and the Muslim separatist group Abu Sayyaf through the early 2000s’.
Abubakar Janjalani traveled for theology and Arabic studies to Libya, Syria and Saudi Arabia and spoke Arabic. It is most likely that in the Middle East, especially in Saudi Arabia, Abubakar Janjalani began to adopt extreme version of Islam and ideas of Global Jihad. In the late 80s’ Abubakar Janjalani joined the Mujahidin (Holy Warriors) in Afghanistan in the war against the Soviet Union. During that time, he allegedly met Osama Bin Laden, and was given $6 million to establish his own offshoot group in the southern Philippines, out of members of the extant Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Khadafy Janjalani, as a teenager, was strongly influenced by his older brother.
In 1990 Abubakar Janjalani returned to Basilan and in 1991 he established the Abu Sayyaf in the Southern Philippines with his younger brother Khadafy Janjalani as his senior lieutenant. By the mid 90s’, under Abubakar Janjalani leadership, Abu Sayyaf carried out numerous bomb attacks in the Philippines and was associated with Ramzi Yousef in the attempt to commit the Bojinka Plot. Abubakar Janjalani fully cooperated with the INDONESIAN JI.
Khadafy Janjalani, the younger brother, was arrested by the Philippines authority following the foiling of Bojinka Plot. While in detention Khadafy Janjalani negotiated with the Philippines authority for his elder brotherfs surrender but Abubakar Janjalani refused to any deal. Eventually Khadafy Janjalani managed to escape Manilafs Camp Crame detention center in 1995 with another Abu sayyaf member – Jovenal Bruno.
After Abubakar Janjalani was killed by the Philippine Army in Basilan Island on 12/19/1998, Khadafy Janjalani succeeded him as the Abu Sayyaf leader. .
USA refered to Khadafy Janjalani as prime suspect of the abduction, on 04/23/2000, of 21 Western tourists in the Malaysian tourist resort of Sipadan (see – .Sipadan Hijacking ) He was indicted in USA and was considered a fugitive. On 02/24/2006 Khadafy Janjalani was added to FBI most wanted terrorists list. The U.S. State Department Rewards for Justice Program has offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to his capture.
On 12/27/2006 Khadafy Janjalani was killed in an encounter with the Philippine Army near Patikul in Jolo Island, in the Southern Philippines.
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