7 bandits killed in clash with marines PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 November 2015 14:06

Seven gunmen described as bandits led by a notorious commander were killed in an encounter with Philippines Marines Thursday morning in Sultan Kudarat.

Sources from the police and village officials confirmed the clash which broke ut when the gunmen, led by Jaafar Maguid, opened fire on approaching soldiers of the 1st Marine Brigade, sent to check on their excessive mulcting of “protection money” from local folks in the village of Butril, Palimbang town in Sultan Kudarat province.

Maguid, wanted for a string of heinous offenses, including cattle theft, extortion and for protecting local drug rings, has also been accused of interfering on the affairs of duly-constituted village governments in areas where he and his men operate.

Seven of Maguid’s men were shot dead in the clash, according to sources from the municipal peace and order councils in Palimbang and in nearby Lebak and Kalamansig towns, also in Sultan Kudarat.

The Marines sent to verify complaints by villagers on abuses by Maguid, also known as Commander Tokboy, were marching towards Butril vilalge when they were attacked from different directions, triggering a running firefight that lasted for hours.

Village folks said Maguid and some 40 followers scampered away after sensing that the Marines were about to  surround them.

Witnesses said the fleeing gunmen carried at least four wounded companions as they fled in haste.

Pursuing combatants of the Marine Special Operations Group and the 6th Marine Battalion recovered assorted firearms and ammunition Maguid and his followers had left along their escape routes.

Some of the recovered firearms were heavily stained with human blood.