Abu Sayyaf leader Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon killed in Marawi battle

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Omar and Isnilon killed
Omarkhayam Maute and Isnilon Hapilon. Reporter combo image

Maute group leader, Omar Maute and senior Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon were killed in a battle in Marawi City, according to reports reaching the media.

Sources, said who did not want to be identified due to lack of authority said that the two were killed near midnight Sunday, in a battle that also led to rescue the seventeen hostages, including an infant and women.

Photos of their remains had already been taken and compared with photos taken when they were alive where it appeared to have matched.

According to Department of national Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, the alleged remains must still undergo DNA testing to determine if the bodies belong to Maute and Hapilon.

On May 23, Maute and Hapilon’s group seized parts of the Lanao del Sur to establish an Islamic State caliphate in Southeast Asia, which led to President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in the area and in the whole of Mindanao.

Meanwhile, the clashes have killed over 813 rebels, 47 civilians, and 162 military since rebels seized the heart of Marawi on May 23, according to the Philippine government.

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