Salahudin “Orak” Hassan, who leads Dawlah Islamiya which has links to the Islamic State (IS), was killed in a joint police and military operation in Maguindanao. His wife Jehana Minbidia, who was the terrorist group’s finance officer, was also killed. They were being arrested in their house and chose to shoot it out with government troops instead.
Dawlah Islamiyah was organized by Hassan in 2016; up until four years before that, he’d been with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.
There had been a P1.3 million reward out for information that could get Hassan arrested. His group was tagged in the Davao city night market bombing of 2016. The incident wounded 70 and led to 24 fatalities.
The bombing of a shopping mall in Cotabato City in 2018 has also been linked to Dawlah Islamiyah.
Al-Khobar and Ansa’r Khilafa Philippines, which operates in Sarangani, both have ties to Hassan as well. The Dawlah Islamiyah subgroups have been regularly tagged in attacks on buses as owners refused to pay for “protection” regularly.
“Hassan is the overall Dawlah Islamiya leader not only in Central Mindanao but in the country. He was involved in many terror activities and bombings,” Major General Juvymax Uy of the 6th Infantry Division (ID) and Joint Task Force Central commander said, “targeting business establishments and businessmen and exacting extortion money.”
6th ID spokesman Lt. Col. John Paul Baldomar said other activities Hassan’s group were involved in include a bus bombing in Tulunan and a bus burning in M’Lang, Cotabato earlier this year. Those incidents yielded three deaths and five wounded.
“We are sure many of Hassan’s followers have surrendered,” Baldomar said. “With his death we are expecting several more of his followers to come out and surrender.”