Updated 09:51 AM PHT Sun, January 8, 2017
(CNN Philippines) — A foreigner identified with the slain leader of terror group Ansar Al-Khilafah Philippines was killed yesterday in Sarangani.
Supt. Romeo Galgo,Jr., spokesman of the Regional Police Office-12, said the slain militant – initially identified as Abu Naila – was killed by team of soldiers and police agents when he resisted arrest during a raid in Barangay Daliao in Maasim.
The operation that resulted in the death of Abu Naila was part of an effort to locate followers of Mohammad Jaafar Maguid, leader of the group which has allegedly pledged allegiance to ISIS.
Maguid, known to his contacts in the Middle East and Pakistan as Abu Shareefa Al-Filibini, was killed on Thursday in a shootout with members of PRO-12 and agents of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency at a beach resort in Kiamba town, also in Sarangani.
"Initial reports relayed to us by our operating personnel indicated that Abu Naila, a loyal follower of the slain leader of their group, was a foreigner. We're still trying to establish his exact nationality," Galgo said.