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United States: DNA test validates top Filipino terror suspect is dead

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017|12:08 a.m.

MANILA, Philippines– DNA tests have validated the death of one of the FBI’s most-wanted fear suspects, who the Philippine armed force reported was killed in a final battle to quell an Islamic State group-linked siege in southern Marawi city, U.S. and Philippine officials said Saturday.

U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Molly Koscina informed The Associated Press that DNA checks carried out in Virginia at the demand of the Philippine military validated the death of Isnilon Hapilon. Washington has actually backed efforts by the Philippines, a treaty ally, to fight terrorism for many years.

“This is yet another example of how the United States is supporting our friend, partner and ally in the fight against horror,” Koscina said.

Hapilon and Omarkhayam Maute, another leader of the Marawi siege, were killed in a gunbattle Monday in a push by countless soldiers to retake the last pocket of the Islamic city held by the militants, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.

The Philippine military thinks that Mahmud bin Ahmad, a top Malaysian militant and close partner of Hapilon, had actually likewise been killed in the Marawi clashes, although his body has yet to be recuperated by troops.

DNA tests were also being done on the remains of other suspects who have actually been recovered by soldiers, Lorenzana said without elaborating.

The confirmation of the deaths of Hapilon and Maute would lead the way for the payment of substantial U.S. and Philippine bounties offered for the two. A saved 16-year-old captive supplied the essential details that allowed soldiers to find Hapilon and Maute in one building in Marawi, Lorenzana stated.

The U.S. State Department has provided a reward of approximately $5 million for Hapilon, who Washington blames for ransom kidnappings of several Americans, among whom was beheaded in 2001 in southern Basilan province. Hapilon had been prosecuted in the District of Columbia for his alleged involvement in terrorist acts versus U.S. nationals and other foreigners.

A soft-spoken Islamic preacher born to a household of militants on southern Basilan island, Hapilon had actually been connected to several major attacks in the southern Philippines, including kidnappings, bombings and attacks on metropolitan centers.

Hapilon and Maute were among the leaders in a nearly five-month insurrection in the lakeside city that has actually left a minimum of 1,127 people dead, consisting of 915 militants and 165 soldiers and police.

The siege has actually sparked fears that the Islamic State group may acquire a foothold in Southeast Asia by influencing and providing funds to regional militants as it suffers battle beats in Syria and Iraq.

The United States and Australia have actually released surveillance airplane to assist Filipinos battling the Marawi aggressors.

American who helped stop France terror attack go back to U.S.


Rich Pedroncelli/ AP

Anthony Sadler, center, who helped stop a horror attack on a high-speed train taking a trip from Amsterdam to Paris, strolls across the tarmac to a waiting vehicle at Sacramento International Airport, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Sacramento.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015|10:01 p.m.

SACRAMENTO– Among the three Americans who assisted stop a terror attack on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris returned the home of California on Tuesday.

A relaxed Anthony Sadler, 23, walked off a commercial airplane at Sacramento International Airport accompanied by his father and mothers.

The Sacramento State College student was dressed in black shorts and a gray sweatshirt and was bring a black knapsack as the household walked into the tarmac with the rest of the passengers. Instead of making use of a jetway to the terminal like other tourists, the household was led to an area where several constable’s cars waited.

TV trucks and a cluster of press reporters waited outdoors Sadler’s father and mothers’ home in the Sacramento suburban area of Rancho Cordova Tuesday night but the household hadn’t arrived to the house on a tree-lined street.

The household landed in Sacramento after taking a private jet to Portland, Ore. Columbia Sportswear CEO Timothy Boyle had actually made the jet readily available to fly the Americans’ moms to France.

Sadler and 2 Sacramento-area good friends, U.S. Air Force Airman Spencer Stone, 23, and Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, 22, helped subdue Ayoub El-Khazzani, a guy with ties to extreme Islam who was carrying a pistol and an assault weapon on the train Friday.

Stone was undergoing treatment at a military healthcare facility in Germany for injuries suffered in the attack. Skarlatos continued to be with Stone in Germany.

Senior U.S. Army leaders stated Skarlatos will get the Soldiers Medal– the Army’s greatest award for acts of heroism not involving actual conflict with the opponent.

The city of Sacramento is preparing a parade for all 3 guys, who grew up in the location.

John Dickson showed up on the very same aircraft as Sadler and said they are excellent pals from three years they have actually spent together at Sacramento State University.

He stated no one saw Sadler was on the airplane until he was approached on board by a TV producer.

“He was extremely relaxed,” Dickson said as he left the Sacramento airport. “Very low key.”

Dickson stated he, too, was returning from Europe and that he had actually made strategies to satisfy Sadler throughout their European holiday.

“We were supposed to link up in Europe however it never ever took place,” he stated.

Alina Ezzi was at the Sacramento airport Tuesday intending to greet Sadler after hearing of his pending arrival through the media.

“I have actually just been very interested in it,” said the San Francisco State College student. “It’s a fascinating story: People see exactly what happens and decide to stand up. … I seem like our society is lastly stepping up to the plate.”

She said that sort of heroic behavior should be rewarded after the 9/11 attacks.