Terror ties: The slain couple linked to Mohammad Jaafar Sabiwan Maguid, leader of a militant group supporting Islamic State. Photo: Philippine National Police handout via Reuters

A foreign suspected Islamic State supporter and his female companion were killed in a joint Philippines military and police operation in the troubled island of Mindanao, Interaksyon reported.

Police said the man identified as Abu Naila was gunned down after reportedly resisting arrest at around 11.45am in Maasim
town in Sarangani Province, the news platform reported. The man’s live-in partner, identified only as Khadija, was also killed it said.

“The two were reportedly acting suspiciously and when accosted, the foreigner tried to hurl a grenade at our operatives,” a police spokesman said, according to Interaksyon.

Police are still trying to verify the identities of the two dead people, but the woman was reportedly a local woman, while the foreign national “appeared to be African,” the report cited a police spokesman as saying.

Local informants told police that the two were associated with Mohammad Jaafar Sabiwang Maguid, alias Tokboy, the founder of local terror group Ansar Al-Khilafah Philippines who was killed in an operation last week. AKP had pledged support to ISIS and was blamed for a string of terror attacks locally since 2008, the report said.

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