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Philippines hopes Islamist group 'neutralised' after de facto leader killed


  • World
  • Saturday, 16 Mar 2019

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine military believes it may have "neutralised" the remnants of an alliance of pro-Islamic State extremists, after the suspected death of the group's de facto leader during clashes last week.

Forensic tests were being carried out to determine if one of four rebels killed on Thursday was Abu Dar, who security forces believe has led Dawla Islamiya, an alliance of pro-Islamic State fighters, foreign and Filipino, drawn from armed groups in the volatile Mindanao region.

   

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