Dawlah Islamiya commander killed in Maguindanao

Dawlah Islamiya commander killed in Maguindanao

May 13, 2021 2 By The Sun Monitor
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MAGUINDANAO – Soldiers have fatally shot wanted commander of  Dawlah Islamiya terror group in an encounter Tuesday in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town, this province.

Major Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said Wednesday Kopang Sahak, also known as “Tarzan,” died on the spot from multiple gunshot wounds.

Sahak belonged to the Dawlah Islamiya’s Ansa’r Al-Khilafa Philippines bloc based in Sarangani province.

Army intelligence agents are still trying to establish how he got into Barangay Dapiawan in Datu Saudi, where there is a presence of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), which is operating in the fashion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Personnel of the 1st Mechanized Brigade checked for his presence in Barangay Dapiawan after a tip off from vigilant residents.

He was among dozens of terrorists in Arrest Order 216 from the Department of National Defense (DND). The defense department issued the order in connection with the 2017 deadly siege of Marawi City.

The Ans’ar Al-Khilafa and the BIFF are both using the ISIS flag as revolutionary banners.

Uy said soldiers had to neutralize Sahak when he and his companions opened fire, provoking a gunfight that resulted in his death.

The companions of Sahak had escaped after sensing the arrival of more government forces.

PHOTO: The Department of National Defense (DND) placed Kopang Sahak on a wanted list for acts of terror.

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