On the early morning of Monday, October 16, 2017, the Philippine Armed Forces killed Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, and Maute group leader Omar Maute. The two men were the masterminds behind the Marawi Seige. Isnilon Hapilon was also the ISIS Emir to the Philippines.
The death of the two foremost Philippine terrorists was confirmed by the country’s Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who also said the bodies will be subjected to a DNA test, as it is required by a foreign government who put a bounty on the men’s heads. During the operation, the Philippine Armed Forces also reportedly rescued 17 hostages.