Isnilon Hapilon

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Hapilon in 2000

Isnilon Totoni Hapilon (March 18, 1966 – October 16, 2017), also known by the nom de guerre Abu Abdullah al-Filipini ("Abu Abdullah the Filipino"), was a Filipino Islamist militant affiliated with ISIS.[1][2]

He was formerly leader of Abu Sayyaf Group before its battalions pledged their allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.[3]

An April 2016 issue of ISIS' weekly newsletter Al Naba said that Hapilon had been appointed as "emir of all Islamic State forces in the Philippines".[4]

In the early morning of October 16, 2017, he was killed at the age of 51 by the Philippine military in the Battle of Marawi along with Omar Maute.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Moubayed, Sami (February 12, 2017). "The Philippines: a new source of grass roots for ISIS?". Asia Times. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  2. Ness, Marielle (June 15, 2017). "Beyond the caliphate: Islamic state activity outside the group's defined wilayat: Southeast Asia" (PDF). United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, U.S.: Combating Terrorism Center. United States Military Academy. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  3. "Abu Sayyaf rebels pledge allegiance to ISIS". manilatimes.net. January 11, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  4. "Islamic State details activity in the Philippines". The Long War Journal. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  5. News, ABS-CBN. "Terrorists Isnilon Hapilon, Omar Maute killed in Marawi battle". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2017-10-16.