Maute leader Abu Dar confirmed dead

Elias Hubbard
April 15, 2019

Abu Dar was among a number of militants killed in the southern town of Tubaran, according to CNN Philippines.

Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) took a nail sample from the body which was compared to the DNA of his family or relatives.

Terrorists stormed Marawi, the capital of Lanao del Sur, on May 23, 2017, triggering a five-month war that killed more than a thousand people, majority local and foreign militants.

"We thank our USA counterparts and the citizens of Lanao Del Sur for helping us neutralize the last remaining leader of the Maute-ISIS Group in the person of Abu Dar".

It was hard to determine Marohombsar's identity by face because one of the bodies "was deformed", Brawner said.

But troops hunted the extremist leader and his men down across Lanao.

Marohombsar's killing will make it harder for the Islamic State group to establish a firm presence in the country's south, Ano said.

In a separate text message, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said for now the DI is leaderless and they are monitoring who will replace Dar.

A Philippine army brigade commander, Brig.

Marohombsar assumed leadership of the Maute group after its founding leaders, Omarkhayam and Abdullah Maute, were killed in Marawi in 2017 and became the Southeast Asia emir of IS after the death of Isnilon Hapilon.

The death of local terrorist leader Benito Marohombsar or "Abu Dar" was confirmed Sunday after the DNA test conducted on the cadaver believed to be of the Dawla Islamiya Lanao leader turned out positive.

The group was implicated in the 2013 bombing of a bar in a shopping mall in southern Cagayan de Oro city that left several people dead and wounded.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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