Philippine officials yesterday confirmed that a leader of an alliance of pro-Islamic State militants was one of four insurgents killed in a clash with the military last month.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed Abu Dar’s death based on the findings of a DNA test. “It is confirmed, it’s Abu Dar’s remains,” he said.
Security forces believe Abu Dar had led Dawla Islamiya, an alliance of pro-ISIS fighters in southern Philippines that include foreigners.
The four rebels were killed in a clash in Lanao del Sur province in March.
Major-General Roberto Ancan, commander of the army’s 1st Infantry Division, also confirmed Dar’s death.
He called it a “significant accomplishment of the government and the people of Lanao del Sur who worked together to rid their beloved province of terrorists”.
Dawla Islamiya carried out the siege of southern Marawi City for five months in 2017 before some leaders were reported killed by the military in air strikes…