Isnilon Totoni Hapilon
|Isnilon Totoni Hapilon|
Abu Sayyaf Group member
March 18, 1966 |
Basilan, the Philippines
Isnilon Totoni Hapilon (born March 18, 1966 in Bulanza barangay, Lantawan municipality, Basilan province, Republic of the Philippines) is a leader of the Filipino terrorist organization called the Abu Sayyaf Group. He is thought to have recently suffered a stroke, which has limited his activity with the group.
Hapilon is also known as The Deputy, and by aliases including Abu Musab, Sol, Abu Tuan, Esnilon, and Salahuddin. He is a citizen of the Philippines, a thin man at 5'6" and only 120 pounds. He speaks Tausug, Tagalog and Yakan, as well as English. His whereabouts are unknown; he may travel to Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.
In 2002 Hapilon and four other ASG members -- Khadaffy Janjalani, Hamsiraji Marusi Sali, Aldam Tilao, and Jainal Antel Sali, Jr. -- were indicted in Guam and in the United States for their role in the 2000 Dos Palmas kidnappings of 17 Filipinos and three Americans, and the eventual beheading of one of the Americans, Guillermo Sobero. Hapilon is the only one of the five indicted who is still alive. On February 24, 2006, Hapilon, along with Janjalani and Jainal Sali, Jr. was added to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list. The Rewards For Justice Program of the United States Department of State is offering up to US$5 million (approx. 230,000,000 Philippine pesos as of August 2010) for information on Hapilon's location.
Hapilon was wounded in April 2013 in an army offensive that killed eight other rebels in the southern Philippines. Hapilon was hit during a raid but his followers managed to drag him off safely before soldiers could seize control of the rebel base.
Sometime in 2013-2014, Abu Sayyaf released a video confirming Isnilon is alive. In the video, he claimed to have officially broken up with Al-Qaeda and pledged alliance to Caliph Ibrahim and to the Islamic State.
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- Manuel Mogato (16 April 2013). "Top Filipino militant wounded in army attack". Reuters.
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