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New IS chief emerges amid loss of leadership in Philippines


Identified: A TV screencap of Sawadjaan from the Philippine police confidential report. — AP

Identified: A TV screencap of Sawadjaan from the Philippine police confidential report. — AP

MANILA: Unlike many of his slain comrades, the touted new leader of the Islamic State group in the southern Philippines lacks the bravado, clan name or foreign training.

Not much is known about Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, but the attacks attributed to him heralding his rise are distinctly savage: A deadly bombing, which authorities say was a suicide attack by a foreign militant couple, blasted through a packed Roman Catholic cathedral in the middle of a mass.

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