Terrorists Isnilon Hapilon, Omar Maute killed in Marawi battle

Pauline Gross
October 16, 2017

Around 40 militants remain in the besieged area, including warlords like Isnilon Hapilon and Omarkhayam Maute, whose group has pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

"Following their operational plan, they were able to go this morning. they were killed", Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters.

The two surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines city of Marawi have been killed in an offensive launched by thousands of troops to retake areas held by pro-Islamic State militants, state security officials have said.

The so-called "Maute group" headed by Omar Maute took the lead in the Marawi siege, according to the Philippine military.

Six of his brothers and a half-brother were among hundreds of militants who rampaged through Marawi, the Islamic capital of mainly Catholic Philippines, on May 23, waving Islamic State flags, using hundreds of hostages as human shields and torching buildings, including the town cathedral.

Child soldiers and teenagers are among the gunmen.

Photos from ABS-CBN sources show the cadavers of Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.

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Marawi Crisis Management Committee head Zia Alonto Adiong said 17 hostages were rescued on Monday. "We may announce the termination of hostilities in the couple of days".

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He said the AFP "will issue appropriate statements related to this soon".

Banlaoi said retaliatory attacks can be expected from deputies of the militant leadership, who would assume control of the networks.

Other reports by GizPress

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