Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Major Gen. Restituto Padilla said that slain terror leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute were trying to escape war-torn Marawi City when they were killed by government forces.
The AFP spokesperson stated that state troops were able to pinpoint Hapilon and Maute’s location based on information given by rescued hostages. The information included the extremist leaders’ security details, their hideouts and how the group moved from building to building.
They had to be smoked out…The building was about 2 or 3-story building, located near the corner towards the lake and the last bridge that we were able to take.
The circumstances of their death [was] not a good one. They were in the process of abandoning their friends, their colleagues who were left in the battlefield. They were escaping towards the lake when they were neutralized.
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Hapilon was said to be the anointed emir of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia.
Maute, with his brother Abdullah, hoisted black flags of the Islamic State group and set fire to Dansalan College in May, which marked the beginning of a months-long siege in the Islamic city.
A day after their deaths were confirmed, President Rodrigo Duterte announced the liberation of Marawi City, after roughly five months of battling the Islamic State-inspired fighters.