Philippines Confirms Death Of Senior Militant Blamed For December Bombing In Marawi

The Philippine military on Monday confirmed the killing of a suspected senior Islamic State-affiliated militant whom it accused as the mastermind of a deadly bombing during a Catholic Mass in the southern city of Marawi in December.

Military chief Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. said the Daulah Islamiyah (DI) emir had been identified as among nine militants killed in military operations on Jan. 25 and 26 in a remote part of Lanao del Sur, a province in the southern Philippines.

The military’s 103rd Infantry Army “confirmed the death of Khadafi Mimbesa, also known as Engineer, in the military operation in January,” Brawner’s office said in a statement.

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