Only the 15-year-old-son of Zulkipli bin Hir alias "Marwan," the Malaysian bomb-maker killed during the Mamasapano, Maguindanao incident last Jan. 25, survived the special operation that neutralized Filipino terror leader Basit Usman and his five followers in Guindulungan town before noon Sunday.
This was stressed by a government source who also claimed that Usman and his men were gunned down by "assets" while waiting for the radio broadcast of the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout last May 3.
He added that the "assets" were embedded in Usman's group.
The source further said that these operatives were responsible for giving security forces exact location and disposition of the bandit leader's group.
With this information, government troops were able to foil and attack Usman's group, causing casualties to the latter.
The source also stressed that the "assets" literally decided to jump the gun on Usman and his followers after seeing the latter slumped down, listening to the radio, waiting for the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout at 10 a.m. Sunday.
"All of them, Usman and his five followers, were killed on the spot when our 'assets' decided to fire on them," he stressed.
Of Usman's group, only Marwan's 15-year old son managed to escape despite being wounded.
After making their kill, the "assets" then fled into a government safe house as nearby Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters arrived at the scene and fired indiscriminately, in a bid to scare would-be attackers or ambushers.
"The 'assets' will definitely (be) given the US$ 1-million (placed by the US State Department) and the Php6.3 million placed on Usman's head," the source said.