DNA test confirms killing of leader of ISIS-affiliated group in Philippines

DNA test confirms killing of leader of ISIS-affiliated group in Philippines

The death of local terrorist leader Benito Marohombsar or "Abu Dar" was confirmed Sunday after the DNA test conducted on the cadaver believed to be of the Dawla Islamiya Lanao leader turned out positive.

DNA tests have confirmed the death of Isil's leader in the Philippines, who in 2017 laid siege to the city of Marawi and was among the group's most senior figures in the region.

After the encounter on March 14, 2019, Col. Romeo Brawner, head of the Philippine Army's 103rd Brigade, said that American experts were helping Philippine forensic teams confirm the identity of one of the bodies. Most leaders of the attack were killed, but Marohombsar survived.

Informants had identified the body as that of Abu Dar, whose real name was Owaydah Marohombsar, it added. "Well, for now his group is leaderless", Lorenzana said in a text message, adding that the agency is "monitoring who will replace Dar".

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Abu Dar was among a number of militants killed in the southern town of Tubaran, according to CNN Philippines.

"We thank our U.S. counterparts and the citizens of Lanao Del Sur for helping us neutralize the last remaining leader of the Maute-ISIS Group in the person of Abu Dar".

It was hard to determine Marohombsar's identity by face because one of the bodies "was deformed", Brawner said.

Daremerged as the new Dawlah Islamiyah-Lanao group commander after the Marawi siege and neutralization of Maute Brothers and Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon.

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