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Philippines: Last leaders of IS-tied siege killed in Marawi

Philippines: Last leaders of IS-tied siege killed in Marawi

Terrorism expert Ahmad Kumar Ramakrishna from Singapore´s S Rajaratnam School of International Studies said if Mahmud Ahmad survived he would likely take over the leadership of Daesh-linked fighters in the southern Philippines.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (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.

Padilla said troops were trying their best to make Marawi safe from bombs and booby traps.

Duterte flew to Marawi a day after the military confirmed the deaths of Maute Group leader Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon, a senior leader of the Abu Sayyaf and supposed anointed leader of the Islamic State for Southeast Asia.

"While there may still be remaining fighters, they are stragglers - leaderless and in disarray", he added.

"But the negative side is they lost two prominent leaders that have been there for a long, long time and who have provided a lot of direction", Padilla said in an interview with CNN Philippines.

Two key Islamic State (IS)-affiliated leaders engaged in a standoff with Philippines forces in the conflict-ridden Marawi city have been killed, a top official said on Monday.

Ano said Philippine ground forces launched an assault before dawn, sparking a four-hour gun battle that lead to the two leaders' deaths. He has vowed to have the militants killed to the last man because of the deaths and destruction wrought by the violence in Marawi.

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Padilla said the President thanked the soldiers for their "sacrifice, dedication and gallantry" in the fight against the Maute.

Duterte has gone to the battle area a number of times to rally the troops, once firing a sniper rifle toward militant position.

"That marks the beginning of rehabilitation of the city", the President, wearing a camouflage cap and dark sunglasses, said during his seventh visit to the city since the siege started on May 23. Many were uncertain, though, whether they had homes to return to and how they could rebuild their lives.

"Mahmud remains. one of our high-value targets in the operations being conducted", said military spokesman Major-General Restituto Padilla.

Aside from the extremist leaders, seven others, believed to be Hapilon and Maute's security detail, died in the encounter.

At least 17 hostages, including an infant and women, were rescued by troops in the scene of the battle, which the officials said may finally end this week. The operation resulted to the rescue of 20 civilian hostages.

The Associated Press cited four military and police officials who identified the leaders as Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.