MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) continues its hunt for Mahmud Ahmad, Malaysia’s top terrorist, who joined and reportedly financed the fighting in Marawi City.
AFP chief General Eduardo Año said Ahmad is among 8 foreign fighters they are still looking for. DNA tests are being conducted to check if these foreign fighters are among the dead retrieved from the battle area. (WATCH: VLOG: U.S. agents check for most wanted terrorists among Marawi bodies)
“I think he is still alive, but he is already insignificant. We’ll get him soon,” Año said.
Ahmad reportedly channeled at least P30 million ($600,000) to finance the attack in Marawi City, according to the military.
On Monday, October 16, soldiers killed the top leaders behind the siege. Abu Sayyaf subleader Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute of the family-led Maute Group were shot by government snipers as troops assaulted enemy position to rescue remaining hostages. (READ: The life of a Maute hostage in Marawi)
These terrorist leaders pledged allegiance to international terrorist network Islamic State (ISIS). – Rappler.com