Military sources: Isnilon Hapilon, Omar Maute killed

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On Monday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed reports from ground commanders claiming the death of Hapilon and Maute.

"(Our troops) were able to get Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.

Military troops yesterday bombed Islamic State (IS)-inspired terrorists who have held out for over four months in Marawi City as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said the conflict would be over "very soon".

It was included on the us list of " terrorist most wanted ". Hapilon also had a $5m USA bounty on his head for carrying out multiple ransom kidnappings and beheadings of United States citizens.

Abdullah Maute, the alliance's military commander, was reported killed in August, though no body was found.

He said the operation was planned after a former captive of the rebels disclosed the whereabouts of the leaders on Sunday.

"The Marawi incident is nearly over and we may announce the termination of hostilities in a couple of days", Lorenzana said.

Ano said another key operative, Malaysian Mahmud Ahmad, was believed to be in the battle zone.

Angara, like Trillanes, said the task of rebuilding Marawi City now becomes the next urgent responsibility going forward.

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However, the case took a shocking turn when Hemraj's body was recovered two days later from the terrace of the same flat. Aarushi was found dead inside her room in the Talwars' Noida residence with her throat slit in May 2008.

The Maute and Abu Sayyaf militants laid siege to the Philippine Islamic city on May 23.

Brawner added that there are also more than 20 soldiers wounded in the ongoing battle, adding that the main battle area between government troops and Maute terrorist shrunk to two hectares. There were 47 civilian casualties. Ano said the bodies had been recovered and identified by experts and by captured rebels.

Lorenzana said that a few days ago, they received information from a female informant that the two terrorist leaders were holed up in a particular building in Marawi.

"So may na-rescue tayo na 17 hostages last night. Numerous captives are being kept in basements", he said, referring to the basements of buildings occupied by the militants. Around 100 civilians, including hostages and families of the militants, are also trapped there, Brawner added.

In May, President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law on the island. In July, Philippine legislators voted overwhelmingly to extend martial law to deal with Islamist insurgents until December 31.

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said defence chiefs would assess whether to lift martial law in Mindanao. He said there will be no big celebration when the city is finally completely retaken, adding there are no victors in the war. He said all cities on the island of 22 million people were vulnerable to attack, but authorities were vigilant.

Months of airstrikes and heavy fighting have severely damaged the city's infrastructure, including buildings and houses.

Hapilon's death signalled rehabilitation of the city would begin soon, the presidential palace said.

Philippine military chief of staff General Eduardo Ano showed reporters a photo of what he said was Hapilon's bloodied face.

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