Joint operatives of the local police, military, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) resulted in the arrest on Saturday afternoon of three of four suspects linked to the recent killing of four family members and wounding of four others in Barangay Lagunde here.
Capt. Mautin Pangandigan, Pikit police chief, identified the arrested suspects as Abdul Amer Mamalo, 29; Nasser Noh Ali, 30; and Salahudin Nando Noh, 21; all members of MILF 118th base command and residents of Sitio Kadingilan in Barangay Lagunde.
Pangandigan said a remaining suspect, whom he refused to identify pending police follow-up operations, remains at-large.
Empty shells from an M16 rifle were recovered at the crime scene.
“The arrested suspects were initially identified by one of the four surviving victims that led to their capture,” Pangandigan said.
He said the survivor and several witnesses pointed to Mamalo as the sole gunman in the incident.
“Mamalo also personally admitted to shooting the victims,” Pangandigan said, adding personal grudge with another close relative of the victims, a village watchman, as the motive behind the carnage.
On Friday, the suspects emerged at Sitio Tugunan, Barangay Lagunde, and shot the victims who were resting inside the house.
Killed on the spot were Sittie Alipolo Abdullah, 58; Zenaida Abdullah Mustapha, 36; Laga Abdullah 34; and a three-year-old girl.
Injured and confined at a local hospital are Asria Abdulrajak Abdullah, 30, and three minors aged 13, eight, and seven.
The suspects are currently detained at the police custodial facility here while the filing of formal charges is readied against them.
Pangandigan has acknowledged North Cotabato Board Member Dulia D. Sultan, the Army’s 90th Infantry Battalion Alpha Company, and the MILF leadership for their close coordination and participation in the arrest of the suspects.
Source: Philippines News Agency