Special thanks to one of my Filipino friends for putting this profile together for us -Jack

Commander Ustadz Ameril Umra Kato


  • 67-72 years old. (Cant find a definite DOB. Some sources say 1939-1945)
  • Studied Islamic theology in Saudi Arabia (Medina university and Riyadh Islamic university)
  • Taught in Arabic schools (madrasahs) in Mindanao area.
  • Lectured Shariah law
  • Provided muslim workers to Middle East via recruitment services.
  • Known to be very strict in following Sharia law and non-compromising extremism when interpreting Islamic laws.
  • P10,000,000 bounty (roughly $240,000).

Kumander Kato joined the MILF around 1993. With the help of his friend, Ustadz Shamir Salamat, the brother of late Hashim Salamat (founder of the MILF). Kato was first given the task to be part of the Elite guards surrounding Hashim Salamat (due to his vast Islamic knowledge and education) but Kato persistently requested to be part of the action and was later tasked to command the MILF 105th Brigade – 105th Base Company. Commanding 200 MILF troops, Kato quickly rose to the ranks and gained the loyalty, respect of his men and fellow commanders. Commander Kato has been linked with JI (Abdul Usman Basit – hunted by the US) and ASG and most likely has active connections with other international terrorists espousing the ideas of having a pan -islamic state. Links of Kato with Basit :

Reports said that the recent bomb attacks in central Mindanao, particularly the explosion in Cotabato City that allegedly targeted Gov. Ismael ‘Toto’ Mangudadatu of Maguindanao province and Sec. Jesse Robredo of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, were the handiwork of the BIFF and JI.

The source said that Usman had been training young recruits on making bombs. Some of the ‘graduates’ had been sent on several missions to blow up targets such as vital government installations in Mindanao and Luzon. Economic hubs in Manila were said to be the priority target of the terror group.

These recruits, the insider added, have planted bombs in undisclosed areas, waiting for orders to detonate them.”