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DNA tests confirm death of Filipino ISIS leader

DNA tests have confirmed the death of one of the FBI's most-wanted terror suspects, who the Philippine military reported was killed in a final battle to quell an Islamic State (ISIS) group-linked siege in southern Marawi city, U.S. and Philippine officials said Saturday, according to The Associated Press.

U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Molly Koscina told AP that DNA tests done in Virginia at the request of the Philippine military confirmed the death of Isnilon Hapilon. Washington has backed efforts by the Philippines, a treaty ally, to combat terrorism for years.

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