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US, Kuwait help Philippines capture 2 with suspected IS ties

  • In this Thursday, April 6, 2017 photo, a suspected member of the Islamic State group, Hussein Aldhafiri, center in orange shirt, is escorted by security men at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila, Philippines. Philippine officials aid Friday U.S. and Kuwaiti security officials helped them identify and arrest a Middle Eastern couple with suspected links to the Islamic State group and who may have the capability to launch bomb attacks. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    In this Thursday, April 6, 2017 photo, a suspected member of the Islamic State group, Hussein Aldhafiri, center in orange shirt, is escorted by security men at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila, Philippines. Philippine officials aid Friday U.S. and Kuwaiti security officials helped them identify and arrest a Middle Eastern couple with suspected links to the Islamic State group and who may have the capability to launch bomb attacks. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this April 6, 2017 photo, suspected members of the Islamic State group, from left, Rahaf Zina Dhafiri and Hussein Aldhafiri are presented to reporters at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila, Philippines. Philippine officials say U.S. and Kuwaiti security officials have helped them identify and arrest a Middle Eastern couple with suspected links to the Islamic State group and who may have the capability to launch bomb attacks. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    In this April 6, 2017 photo, suspected members of the Islamic State group, from left, Rahaf Zina Dhafiri and Hussein Aldhafiri are presented to reporters at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila, Philippines. Philippine officials say U.S. and Kuwaiti security officials have helped them identify and arrest a Middle Eastern couple with suspected links to the Islamic State group and who may have the capability to launch bomb attacks. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, April 6, 2017 photo, suspected members of the Islamic State group, Hussein Aldhafiri, top center in orange shirt, and Rahaf Zina Dhafiri, top left, are presented to reporters by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, bottom right, during a press conference at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila, Philippines. Philippine officials aid Friday U.S. and Kuwaiti security officials helped them identify and arrest a Middle Eastern couple with suspected links to the Islamic State group and who may have the capability to launch bomb attacks. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    In this Thursday, April 6, 2017 photo, suspected members of the Islamic State group, Hussein Aldhafiri, top center in orange shirt, and Rahaf Zina Dhafiri, top left, are presented to reporters by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, bottom right, during a press conference at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila, Philippines. Philippine officials aid Friday U.S. and Kuwaiti security officials helped them identify and arrest a Middle Eastern couple with suspected links to the Islamic State group and who may have the capability to launch bomb attacks. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)  (The Associated Press)

Philippine officials say U.S. and Kuwaiti security officials have helped them identify and arrest a Middle Eastern couple with suspected links to the Islamic State group and who may have the capability to launch bomb attacks.

Military officials said Friday army intelligence agents, along with police and immigration authorities, arrested Hussein Aldhafiri and Rahaf Zina Dhafiri late last month in an upscale commercial district in Taguig city in metropolitan Manila. The two handcuffed suspects were presented to reporters late Thursday.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the arrests were made possible by the U.S. and Kuwaiti information and were not disclosed while local authorities tried to identify their local contacts to avoid the risk that their capture might prompt their accomplices to advance any planned attack.