ISIS chief in S-E Asia shot dead in Marawi

Philippine military chief General Eduardo Ano shows images of Islamic militant leaders Isnilon Hapilon (right) and Omarkhayam Maute (left) during a press conference at a military camp in Marawi,on Oct 16, 2017.
Philippine military chief General Eduardo Ano shows images of Islamic militant leaders Isnilon Hapilon (right) and Omarkhayam Maute (left) during a press conference at a military camp in Marawi,on Oct 16, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

The so-called emir of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in South-east Asia, who figures on the US "most-wanted terrorists" list, was killed yesterday as Philippine troops made a final push to retake the southern city of Marawi.

Isnilon Hapilon was shot dead along with another militant leader, Omarkhayam Maute. Security forces are pursuing Malaysian Mahmud Ahmad, who helped lead and finance the assault on Marawi and is believed to be Hapilon's successor.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2017, with the headline 'ISIS chief in S-E Asia shot dead in Marawi'. Print Edition | Subscribe