Exclusive: FBI says it had no prior knowledge of deadly Philippine raid targeting militants

January 31, 2015 8:28 PM

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Exclusive: FBI says it had no prior knowledge of deadly Philippine raid targeting militants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI had no prior knowledge of a police raid in the Philippines last Sunday to arrest wanted militants that went awry and left 44 police dead, an FBI spokesman told Reuters on Saturday.

Philippine media had reported that the FBI helped orchestrate the raid, which targeted Zulkifli bin Hir, an Islamic militant on the U.S. law enforcement agency's list of "most wanted terrorists."

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