Leader of ISIS in the Philippines killed in armed clash with security forces in Marawi City.

The Philippine security authorities, announced Wednesday, the killing of the leader of the so-called Islamic State organization (IS) Faharudin Pumbuaya Pangalian, during an armed clash with the army and police, in the city of Marawi southern Philippines. “A raiding team was to serve Faharudin Pumbuaya Pangalian different warrants of arrest but killed him instead when he resisted and provoked a gunfight”, Police Brig. Gen. Allan Nobleza, director of the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region said as quoted by Philippine Star newspaper.

More than 20 criminal cases have been issued in different Philippine courts against Pangalian, who is known as Abu Zacharia, among the IS elements, Nobleza said, adding, “we are bracing for possible retaliations. We will never give his sympathizers a chance to do that,” Nobleza said. For his part, military commander in the southern region of Mindanao, Lt. Gen. Roy Galido said, Marawi City residents led the joint Army and police raiding team to the hideout of Abu Zacharia. Pangalian was the leader of all IS groups in Mindanao and had links to the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, he added. Police forensic experts found grenades, improvised explosive devices and two M16 assault rifles in the hideout of Pangalian, where soldiers and policemen felled him with rifle shots for resisting arrest.

Source- Arab Times.

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