Bloody end for Hapilon, Maute

The insurgents have withstood a relentless US-backed bombing campaign and intense ground battles with troops that have left large parts of Marawi resembling devastated cities in war-torn Syria and Iraq

The two leaders were named as Isnilon Hapilon, who was declared terror group's emir for Southeast Asia, and Omar Maute, a leader of a local militant group that had pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Armed Forces chief Eduardo Año Monday said around 30 pro-ISIS group militants, including fewer than eight foreign fighters, remain in the main battle area in Marawi City.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, in a press conference in Camp Aguinaldo, confirmed the death of top terrorist leaders on Monday morning.

With this, the Catholic prelate admitted that he is feel grateful with the development of the situation in the city. He left his lair in Basilan previous year to join the Maute Group in Butig, Lanao Del Sur, where Omar Maute and his brother Abdullah led an occupation of Butig's town center.

A top Malaysian militant, Mahmud bin Ahmad, who uses the nom de guerre Abu Handzalah and is a close associate of Hapilon, has not been found and military operations are now ongoing to capture him.

The FBI had offered a reward of up to $5 million for information leading directly to Hapilon's apprehension or conviction for a litany of alleged crimes, including hostage taking, murder, and terrorist activities. Hapilon had been indicted in the District of Columbia for his alleged involvement in terrorist acts against USA nationals and other foreigners.

Their deaths will be a major win for the military, which has been criticised for its slow progress in retaking Marawi, the country's only Muslim majority city, and the ease at which rebels laid siege to it on May 23.

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More than 1,000 people have been killed in the Marawi violence, including more than 800 militants.

Twenty soldiers were wounded in the offensive, which illustrates the extent of the fighting, Colonel Brawner said.

"She was able to confirm the presence of Isnilon and Maute in that particular building". A military source said that the military operations between the two sides were ongoing.

The military's recent offensive led to the release of 17 hostages, according to Zia Alonto Adiong, spokesperson for the Marawi Crisis Management Committee. USA -trained army and police commandos crawled toward militant positions overnight and launched an assault.

On Sept. 21, Duterte said that he would lift the martial law once the Marawi conflict is over and cleared of militants. Marawi City is six times bigger than the city of Manila, and was home to a population of 200,000 before the fighting began.

The militants have surprised the militants by their ability to endure more than 130 days of air strikes, compounding fears in the Philippines and the region that Islamic State's radical ideology and its advanced recruitment methods are more prevalent than was previously imagined.

Earlier this year, the government deployed thousands of troops to remove the Islamist militants from Marawi.

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