Четверг, 14 Декабря, 2017

Two key IS-affiliated leaders killed in Philippines

Philippines Army says Islamists making 'last stand' in Marawi AFP misses another deadline to end Marawi siege
Kenny Thornton | 16 Октября, 2017, 08:44

This is on top of the Dollars 5-million reward offered by the United States for the Abu Sayyaf leader.

Another leader, Abdullah Maute, the group's military commanders, was reported by the army to have been killed in August, though no body was found to prove his death.

Isnilon Hapilon, Islamic State's anointed "emir" in Southeast Asia, and Omarkhayam Maute, one of two Middle East-educated brothers at the helm of the militant alliance Dawla Islamiya, were killed as part of an operation based on information from a hostage recently rescued.

He said DNA tests would be done to confirm their identities. "We are working to get that confirmation but we can not press our troops on the ground because they are still fighting it out with the enemy and the fighting remains intense", Padilla said. The military, however, has yet to issue an official statement regarding the terrorists' death.

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He added that military units in frontline are continuing offensive to neutralize the remaining terrorists and rescue their hostages to end the crisis in Marawi. They said more than 1,000 people have been killed in the fighting, according to AFP. He left his lair in Basilan a year ago to join the Maute Group in Butig, Lanao Del Sur, where Omar Maute and his brother Abdullah led an occupation of Butig's town center.

As many as 162 soldiers have been killed and more than 1,700 others were wounded in the operation by the security forces.

The 147-day conflict has also displaced the city's more than 200,000 residents and about 300,000 more outside Marawi City, the capital of Lanao del Sur province.

Their deaths will be a major win for the military, which has been criticised for its slow progress in retaking Marawi, the country's only Muslim majority city, and the ease at which rebels laid siege to it on May 23.

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