Martial Law has been declared in the Philippines after ISIS militants have invaded the country. Reports are spreading that the city of Marawi has been overrun with 46 people losing their lives in the battle. The Guardian is reporting that an Islamic State flag has been hoisted over the city and citizens are fleeing.
CBC is reporting that Isnilon Hapilon, who is on Washington’s most-wanted terrorist list, is hiding out in Marawi. The Daily Mail is reporting that 9 Christians were bound together and killed as US trained forces work to defeat ISIS invaders.
"Right now, he is still inside [the city]," Gen. Eduardo Ano told The Associated Press. "We cannot just pinpoint the particular spot."
Hapilon is reported as being the commander of the Abu Sayyaf militant group, other smaller groups, and pledged his loyalty to ISIS in 2014. The Manila Times reports that Hapilon was named by Abu Baker al-Baghdadi as the leader of the of ASG faction al-Harakat al-Islamiyah in Basilan province in southern Mindanao as early as June of 2016.
Hapilon first made international news after a video surfaced with him and two other jihadis beheading three alleged spies.
The United States is offering a $5 million reward for Hapilon’s capture.
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