Troops intercept, arrest 8 armed men in Zambo Norte PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 08 May 2016 14:35

Police and military forces have intercepted and arrested eight armed men in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.

Senior Supt. Edwin Buenaventura Wagan, provincial police director, said the gunmen were arrested around 3 p.m. Friday in Barangay New Lituban, Siocon municipality.

Wagan identified the arrested suspects as the following: Burha Salaysay, 22; Basser Alibbon, 36; Bulak Salaysay, 29; Alpine Paniorotan, 25; Mokarabin Mustapatahil, 27; Alhari Osama, 28; Lordi Cadil, 25; and, Oyong Diga, 32.

Wagan said the suspects were arrested in a checkpoint for violation of the election gun ban.

He added the joint police and military forces have set up the checkpoint following reports that a group of people bringing with them firearms have boarded a tricycle heading towards Siocon coming from the town of Sirawai.

He said the troops confiscated from the suspects’ possession an M-16 Armalite rifle with several rounds of ammunition, a caliber .45 pistol with eight live ammunition and a hand grenade.

He said the suspects were detained at Siocon police headquarters while appropriate charges are set to be filed against them.

Both the police and military have tightened security to ensure the peaceful conduct of the local and national elections on Monday in this province.