Malaysian Extremist Mahmud Ahmad To Take Over ISIS Leadership In Marawi After Hapilon’s Death?
A Malaysian extremist identified as Mahmud Ahmad could be the new leader of ISIS in Southeast Asia after the death of Isnilon Hapilon.
Mahmud Ahmad, a Malaysian terrorist was now being hunted by the government forces after the reports came that he will take over the leadership of ISIS in Southeast Asia after the death of Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.
Ahmad is one among the 20 to 30 extremists including eight foreign fighters remained fighting the military troops and government forces in the beleaguered city of Marawi. Those terrorist were still handling about 20 hostages.
However, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that there is still no information supporting the reports that the Malaysian national would be the new leader of the Islamic State (IS)-linked Maute group, but he would be the one to lead ISIS in Southeast Asia.
“We do not know if he will be considered as the emir for Southeast Asia. There is no confirmation on that yet. But it could be him, he could be the one tasked to lead their group in the whole of Asia,” said by Lorenzana quoted by Philstar.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Maj. Gen. Restituto Padilla said that Ahmad is among their high-value targets on their ongoing manhunt operation.
If the Malaysian terrorist could survive he could be the next leader of the IS-linked fighters in Mindanao, according to Ahmad Kumar Ramakrishna, a terrorism expert at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
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