Two suspected terrorists allegedly linked to Abu Sayyaf bomb expert Mundi Sawadjaan were killed in a joint search operation by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday.
In a media release sent by the security forces, a couple named Bensaudi J. Sali and his wife Jolo-native Merhama Abdul Sawari fired upon the authorities while implementing a search warrant, leading to a firefight which killed the suspects.
Sali and Sawari were also tagged as the financial conduit of Daesh-East Asia because of their confirmed connection with Sawadjaan.
“Their presence in Parañaque City has something to do with the coordination and planning of terrorist activities. The information further disclosed that the couple was engaged in illegal firearms transactions,” authorities said.
Authorities recovered two ISIS flags, several pieces of ammunition, two hand grenades, an improvised firing device, rifle, handguns, and blasting caps during the operation.