Maute leader Abu Dar confirmed dead

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 14) — A DNA test has confirmed that Abu Dar, one of the leaders of the ISIS-linked Maute terror group, has died, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Sunday. 

This comes a month after the military announced that the elusive leader was among the fighters killed in a clash in Tubaran, Lanao del Sur on March 14.

"It is confirmed--it's Abu Dar's remains. Well, for now his group is leaderless," Lorenzana said in a text message, adding that the agency is "monitoring who will replace Dar."

READ: 4 soldiers dead, Maute leader Abu Dar believed killed in Lanao clash

Abu Dar was among the Maute leaders recorded on video in a planning session that authorities believe was for the attack on Marawi City.

Terrorists stormed Marawi, the capital of Lanao del Sur, on May 23, 2017, triggering a five-month war that killed more than a thousand people, most of them local and foreign militants. The violence displaced nearly 360,000 residents and left the mosque-studded city in ruins.