Philippine president says police chief has resigned, should have stopped deadly terror raid

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.