DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:50 P.M.) – According to the national police chief, ISIS has appointed Amin Baco as the new Islamic State emir in southeast Asia following the death of Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute, leaders of two local ISIS-inspired branches, on October 16.
Amin Baco is of Malaysian nationality and pledged allegiance to ISIS in 2015. He is believed to have escaped the battle of Marawi, fleeing to the countryside of Mindanao Island instead.
Aside from Baco, the Philippine military is also on the lookout for Abdulla Hapilon, the son of killed Abu Sayyaf (ISIS franchise group) leader Isnilon Hapilon.
“I gave the direction to our ground commanders that once we we get Amin Baco and Hapilon, we have broken the chain of command for ISIS in Mindanao,” Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez said on Monday.
No official statement has been provided by ISIS on Amin Baco’s alleged promotion.