US: DNA test confirms top Filipino terror suspect is dead

2017-10-22 06:46
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Manila - DNA tests have confirmed the killing of one of the FBI's most-wanted terror suspects, who the Philippine military reported was killed by Filipino troops in a final battle to quell an Islamic State group-linked siege in southern Marawi city, US and Philippine officials say.

US Embassy spokesperson Molly Koscina said that DNA tests done in Virginia at the request of the Philippine military confirmed the death of Isnilon Hapilon. Washington has backed efforts by the Philippines, a treaty ally, to combat terrorism for years.

"This is yet another example of how the US is supporting our friend, partner and ally in the fight against terror," Koscina said.

Other terrorists

Hapilon and Omarkhayam Maute, another alleged leader of the Marawi siege, were killed in a gunbattle with Filipino troops on Monday in a push by thousands of troops to retake the last pocket of the Islamic city still held by the militants, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.

The Philippine military believes that Mahmud bin Ahmad, a top Malaysian militant and close associate of Hapilon, had also been killed in the Marawi clashes, although his body has yet to be recovered by troops.

DNA tests were also being done on the remains of other terrorists, who have been recovered by Filipino troops, Lorenzana said without elaborating.


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