DNA test confirms Hapilon’s death

Carmela Fonbuena

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Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon was killed in an assault in Marawi past midnight on October 16


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KILLED. Abu Sayyaf subleader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leader Omar Maute are killed October 16, 2017, as troops assault enemy position.

MANILA, Philippines – A DNA test has confirmed the death of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, the supposed emir of the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Southeast Asia, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Saturday, October 21.

“We have received an official report that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has confirmed that the DNA sample taken from a body recovered by our operating units in Marawi matches that of Isnilon Hapilon,” said Lorenzana.

“This process of verification is also being conducted on the cadavers of the other terrorists that have been recovered so far,” Lorenzana added.

Hapilon was killed in Marawi on October 16 in an assault led by the Scout Rangers.

Omar Maute, another top leader of the siege, was killed in the same assault.

A day after their deaths, President Rodrigo Duterte declared the “liberation” of Marawi from “terrorist influence.” – Rappler.com

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