Hapilon, Maute killed in Marawi Print
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:38

By Ely Dumaboc

Basilan-based terrorist Isnilon Hapilon and his cohort Omarkhayam Maute were killed during a military offensive yesterday in Marawi city, thus bringing the long-drawn conflict nearer to its conclusion.

At least 17 hostages were also rescued by government troops who launched an assault against terrorists in the area at dawn yesterday.

Hapilon and Maute were among seven terrorists killed during an assault on two buildings located in one block containing the suspects and the hostages, according to Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año.

“It’s an early morning encounter.  Actually ang purpose ng mga tropa natin is to rescue the hostages, kasi naipon na natin sila sa isang block lang.  Dalawang building yung kinalalagyan so yung mga hostages ang inirescue then nagkaroon ng matinding bakbakan dun so kasama napatay yung dalawa: sina Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute,” Año explained.

Año described the encounter as the “final stand” by the two terrorist leaders as the conflict draws closer to its conclusion.

He however said that the terrorists in the area are not totally wiped out.

Authorities are still looking for Dr. Mahmud Ahmad, a Malaysian terrorist who is believed to be holed up in Marawi.

Ahmad was earlier reported to have financed the conflict in Marawi City.

Año said that around 40 terrorists are still fighting government troops in Marawi.

The photos of the suspects’ cadavers quickly spread over the internet as Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed the death of the two during a press conference.

The assault was launched based on information provided by a female hostage, said Lorenzana. (Ely Dumaboc)