Abu Sayyaf Leader Isnilon Hapilon Remains In Marawi City, AFP Says
A member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said that the Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon remains fighting in Marawi City.
Previously, the government forces raided the hideout of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapion who has been also known as the Amir of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which caused the crisis in Marawi City.
Hapilon allegedly asked for reinforcement from the Maute Terror Group who fought back against the government troops, which turned the entire city into a chaotic scenery and severely affect its residents.
The sporadic firefight in the beleaguered city has prompted President Duterte to declare martial law throughout the entire Mindanao region to control the situation in the area and prevent the militants from escaping after hundreds of lives have lost due to the crisis.
Recently, Western Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. said that Hapilon remained in the conflict zone in Marawi City, which is contrary to the rumors that he had fled from the battle.
Galvez also said that they are still confirming the reports that the notorious Abu Sayyaf leader allegedly slipped somewhere. There are also some reports stating that Omarkhayyam Maute has already died in the battle, but there’s still confirmation.
Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, the spokesperson of Task Force Marawi said that they have received some reports saying that a high-ranking leader of the terror group has been killed, but not yet identified.
AFP chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año who visited the soldiers in the conflict zone said that the militaries were winning the battle against the terrorists. He also said that the soldiers should be more persistent and motivated as the battle was about to end.
“Just like in the game of basketball, we are already winning, but we should not rest on our laurels. We must be more motivated and more persistent. Many among our soldiers want to be here to help, but not everyone is given this rare chance to be here, to fight,” said by Año quoted by Inquirer.
On Wednesday evening (August 04, 2017), about 2, 000 brand new M4 rifles and 18 tanks arrived at the Port of Iligan City. The soldiers also redeployed the FA-50 fighter jets, Augusta attack helicopters, MG-520 helicopters, SF-260 bomber planes, howitzers, and mortars.
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