Isnilon Hapilon is a fugitive who is wanted in connection with the May 2001 kidnapping of
20 people, including three Americans, in Palawan, the Philippines.
A Philippine citizen, Hapilon is approximately 45 years old, has a thin build, stands 165 centimeters tall, and has black hair, brown eyes and occasionally wears a slight mustache. He is also known as Abubakar Hapilon, Amah Hi Omar and Bakkal.
Hapilon is a senior leader of the Abu Sayaf Group, a terrorist organization operating in the southern Philippines that is also integrated with the worldwide network of Islamic terrorists..
In this capacity, he was deeply involved in the May 27, 2001, attack on the Dos Palmas resort on Palawan in the Philippines. Twenty individuals were kidnapped in the raid, including three Americans, two of whom were killed.
Sometime in 2013, Abu Sayyaf released a video in which Hapilon claimed to have officially broken up with al-Qaeda and pledged alliance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and to ISIL, also known as DA’ESH.
Hapilon was indicted in the District of Columbia for involvement in terrorist activities against U.S. nationals and other foreign nationals in and around the Republic of the Philippines. The Rewards for Justice program is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to Hapilon's arrest or prosecution.
The U.S. guarantees that all reports will be investigated and the identity of all informants will be kept confidential. If appropriate, the U.S. is prepared to protect informants by relocating them. If you have information on this man, contact the Regional Security Office at the nearest U.S. Embassy, and the tip line at www.rewardsforjustice.net or e-mail information to RFJ@state.gov.