Philippines: US DNA tests confirm death of IS-linked leader

Philippines: US DNA tests confirm death of IS-linked leader | Bangkok Post: news

Philippines: US DNA tests confirm death of IS-linked leader | Bangkok Post: news

Tests carried out by the United States at the Philippines' request found that remains retrieved from a battle on March 14 belonged to Owaida Marohombsar, who was also known by his nom de guerre Abu Dar.

Colonel Romeo Brawner, commander of the Army's 103rd Brigade said: "Positive ang DNA result".

Abu Dar was among the Maute leaders recorded on video in a planning session that authorities believe was for the attack on Marawi City. "(The DNA testing turned out positive.) But we are waiting for the report from PNP SOCO (Philippine National Police - Scene of the Crime Operatives)".

Informants had identified the body as that of Abu Dar, whose real name was Owaydah Marohombsar, it added.

"We thank our USA 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".

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Lorenzana said he was not aware if the DNA samples were tested by the USA, but he confirmed in a text message to ABS-CBN News that "It's Abu Dar's remains".

"Meantime they (DI) are leaderless and disorganized".

Brawner said troops are continuing with their military operations to go after the remnants of the terrorist group.

He was one of four terrorists killed during the fierce gun fight near the southern town of Tubaran in Lanao del Sur province.

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

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