1205 GMT October 16, 2019
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed Abu Dar’s death based on the findings of a DNA test, Reuters wrote.
“It is confirmed, it’s Abu Dar’s remains,” he said.
Security forces believe Abu Dar had led an alliance of pro-Daesh terrorists in southern Philippines that include foreigners.
The four terrorists were killed in a clash in Lanao del Sur Province in March.
Major General Roberto Ancan, commander of the army’s 1st Infantry Division, also confirmed Dar’s death.
He called it a “significant accomplishment of the government and the people of Lanao del Sur who worked together to rid their beloved province of terrorists.”
The pro-Daesh alliance carried out the siege of southern Marawi City for five months in 2017 before some leaders were reported killed by the military in airstrikes and street battles, among them Isnilon Hapilon, Daesh’s anointed “emir” in Southeast Asia.
Abu Dar, who was seen in a seized video footage sitting beside Hapilon, had managed to escape before government forces were able to take back Marawi, according to local media.
“Well, for now his group is leaderless,” Lorenzana said.
“We are monitoring who will replace Dar.”