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Abu Sayyaf Leader Isnilon Hapilon Planning Marawi Attack Exposed In A Viral Video

The video of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon together with his colleague while planning the attack in Marawi City was exposed and goes viral online.

Previously, Marawi City was attacked by the Maute terror group after the hideout of Isnilon Hapilon has been raided by the government troops. The extended gun battle between the terrorists and government troops prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law over the entire Mindanao region.

A foreign news agency exposed a cellphone video of alleged meeting of Hapilon’s group before the Marawi clash. The exact date of the video released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Associated Press (AP) can’t yet determine.

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The militaries assured that the man in the center of the table in the video was Abu Sayyaf leader. Hapilon claimed that he is the leader of the Islamic State in the Philippines. He is also among the top wanted terrorist in the United States.

The video shows that the group was planning to attack a school, block the national road, and to occupy national highways. It is the first video of Hapilon, which was exposed in public, but it was still unknown if the Abu Sayyaf leader has been injured on the military air strike last January 2017.

AFP chief General Eduardo Año said that the video proves that Isnilon Hapilon and his colleague plans to create their own Islamic State. He also said that the terrorists have already planned to attack last May 26, 2017 or when the Ramadan starts, but it happens a little bit earlier when the government forces attempted to arrest Hapilon.

President Rodrigo Duterte raged and declared that he will destroy the terrorists groups in the country. “Tapusin natin ang giyerang ito. Inumpisahan niyo, marami na akong patay na sundalo, marami na akong patay na pulis. We have crossed the bridge already,” said by Duterte quoted by ABS-CBN.

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