Daulah Islamiyah subleader killed in Marawi City encounter
MANILA, Philippines — One of the leaders of the ISIS-inspired terrorist group Daulah Islamiyah (DI-ISIS) was killed in a shootout with police officers and soldiers in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, on Monday.
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Debold Sinas identified the terrorist as Usop Nasis otherwise known as “Abu Asraf,” a listed subleader of DI-ISIS Lanao and the number two man of Abu Zacaria.
“The police operatives in coordination with our AFP counterparts are continuously conducting manhunt operations to arrest other members of this terrorist group,” Sinas said.
Asraf is the subject of a warrant of arrest in three criminal cases for murder and frustrated murder that was issued by Malabang, Lanao del Sur Regional Trial Court Branch 12.
According to Sinas, the suspect along with several unidentified male companions engaged in a 30-minute shootout with government troops that left seven PNP personnel and one Army officer wounded.
The eight wounded authorities were rushed to the nearest hospital in Marawi City for treatment.
Asraf and his wife identified as Khalil Mufliha were discovered injured after the encounter and were immediately brought to the Amai Pakpak Medical Center.
Asraf, however, was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.
The rest of the armed suspects were able to escape in the midst of the armed confrontation.
Seized from the suspects were 130 pcs of 5.56 empty shells, 12 pcs of 9mm empty shells, one XRM motorcycle, one Glock 17 pistol, one pressure improvised explosive device (IED) with battery clip, one anti-personnel IED, two marked fragmentation grenades, and several IED components.
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