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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine president says he has accepted the resignation of the national police chief following the killing of 44 police commandos in a Jan. 25 assault which reportedly killed one of Asia's most-wanted terror suspects.
President Benigno Aquino III said in a nationally televised statement that Gen. Alan Purisima participating in planning the raid but it should have been aborted because of potentially deadly defects.
An anti-graft court had suspended Purisima last December for six months in a case unrelated to the anti-terror operation.
The FBI has reported that preliminary results of DNA tests showed a man killed by the commandos was the target of the operation, suspected Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkifli bin Hir or Marwan.