Philippine troops reportedly wound top terror suspect

A suburb in Manila city, Philippines

A suburb in Manila city, Philippines. Photo: Anton Zelenov.

PanARMENIAN.Net – Philippine troops have launched airstrikes and ground assaults that reportedly wounded one of Southeast Asia’s most-wanted terror suspects who is trying to establish a new base for an alliance backing the Islamic State group, officials said Friday, January 27, according to The Associated Press.

Intelligence reports showed initial assaults killed at least four militants, possibly including a Malaysian, and reportedly wounded the main target, Isnilon Hapilon, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told The Associated Press.

He said that Hapilon apparently managed to flee from an encampment in the mountainous hinterlands of Butig town in southern Lanao del Sur province.

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