Philippine forces kill ‘Islamic State’-linked leader on resort island

Philippine forces killed a suspected Islamist militant on Saturday during clashes with an “Islamic State”-linked group.

Joselito Melloria was shot dead in a gun battle with government forces made up of army troops and police in Bohol province. The troops were hunting Melloria and his band of fighters after a clash earlier this month.

The Philippines military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said “one lawless element” was killed in the firefight but he could not give the man’s identity.