Jailbreak triggers shootout in Siocon: 3 killed, 8 wounded PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 August 2014 14:37

Army troops on Saturday joined policemen and personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in the manhunt for an undetermined number of detainees who escaped Friday during a jail break that triggered a shootout killing three and wounding eight others in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.

Police said the jailbreak was staged by detainees of the Siocon town jail shortly before 8 p.m. Friday.

A police report said two detainees and a jailguard were killed, while two policemen, two other jailguards and four detainees were wounded in the shootout that ensued minutes after the jail break was detected.

Army units based in Siocon have backed up policemen and  BJMP personnel in the hunt for the escapees who were believed to have fled to the hinterland border of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga City.

Huey helicopters took off early Saturday morning from the Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga City to help security forces track down the escapees, some of whom werre believed to have seized the firearms of jail guards.

Investigators were looking into the possibility of “outsiders” who helped the detainees staged the jailbreak.

Siocon is part of the so-called “Triple S” complex (Siocon, Sirawai and Sirawai) where the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation have camps particularly on the hinterland border with Zamboanga City.

Killed in the shootout were JO1 Ryanbel Bagun and detainees Ruel Humoc and Preciouso Humoc.

Wounded were PO3 Romel Jay Hachuela and P01 Paul Tomboc, J02 Roldan Felizarta and J01 Patric Galvez  detainees Reneboy Humoc, Lito Magsayo,  Ryllmark Canonio and Zenaid Insu.

Police and army units from the adjacent towns of Sirawai, Baliguian and Sibuco have also been alerted on the possible presence of the fleeing escapees in their areas of responsibility.