DNA tests have confirmed the death of Philippines Isis leader known as “Abu Dar”, the last surviving leader of Isis-affiliated Maute Group, after a months-long military operation.
The defence secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, told the Guardian: “It means that the self-proclaimed Isis leader is dead. His group is leaderless in the meantime and also they are scattered after that successful operation by the army.”
The military announced the death of Abu Dar, whose name is Benito Marohombsar, in March after clashes in the town of Tuburan near Marawi, but doubts prompted DNA tests. “Our US counterparts confirmed his death,” Marawi commander Colonel Romeo Brawner told the Guardian.