The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is verifying reports from neighboring countries that foreign Islamic State (IS) terrorists have entered the southern part of the Philippines, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Tuesday.

“That is what we have been finding out for now and we are trying to confirm reports that there are foreign terrorists inside the country especially in Mindanao,” Lorenzana said in a news conference after the traditional joint defense and military New Year’s Call at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

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