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Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Top Isis militants killed in Philippines siege city Marawi

Top Isis militants killed in Philippines siege city Marawi

He also added that with these two deaths, the months' long Marawi siege could come to an end soon.

Uy said they surrendered to the Army's 74th Infantry Battalion headed by Lieutenant Colonel Jonas Templo around 4 p.m. Tuesday in the village of Macalang, Al-Barka, Basilan.

The military said the long-haired leader was killed in a dawn offensive alongside Omarkhayam Maute, one of two brothers who allied with Hapilon to plot the takeover of the city.

The US hailed the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday, October 17, for killing Marawi siege leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute, as the American government said it supported the Philippines fight against terrorism.

A pivotal moment for the Philippine military. DNA tests will be carried out on the two bodies because of the reward offer from the United States and Philippine governments, Lorenzana said.

"No, we are not talking about lifting martial law yet, tingnan pa natin, we are only looking in the immediate aftermath of the killing of these two leaders, we may, sabi ko nga we may be lifting, I mean announcing the cessation of hostilities within this week and then after that we will find out", Lorenzana told reporters during the press conference.

Philippines security forces had laid siege to the city on 23 May after President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law in the region to conduct the anti-terror operation against Isis-linked Abu Sayyaf group and Maute group.

Since then more than 1,000 people have been killed and 400,000 residents displaced.

The insurgents have withstood a relentless US-backed bombing campaign and intense ground battles with troops that have left large parts of Marawi in ruins. He has vowed to have the militants killed to the last man because of the deaths and destruction wrought by the violence in Marawi.

The minister explained that a female hostage who escaped the militants' captivity helped locate Hapilon and Maute in one of the buildings in the main battle area in Marawi city.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to make a public announcement yet of the latest developments in Marawi, a mosque-studded center of Islamic faith in the south of the predominantly Roman Catholic nation.

The restive south of the Philippines is home to extremist gangs which have declared allegiance to Daesh, including notorious kidnap-for-ransom group Abu Sayyaf and the Maute group. Abdullah was believed to have been killed in September. The pair have been central to regrouping, re-arming and recruiting militants.

"They are now near the Lanao Lake, this is just one hectare area with structures so we have to be careful". "It's going to be a new battle".

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