Bandit linked to Abu Sayyaf killed in clash with police Print
Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:01

A member of the criminal group linked to Abu Sayyaf Group which is operating in the Sibugay was killed during a skirmish with police operatives in Sitio Pulo Panjang, barangay Mamagon, Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay last Tuesday afternoon.

A report from the Police Regional Office identified the slain bandit as Moner Jikiri Timbol, 44, married. The police confirmed that he is a member of the notorious  Abdusalam Criminal Group which is responsible for the various atrocity and criminal activities in the province.

Timbol has a pending warrant of arrest for murder with case number I-970. The warrant of arrest was issued by Judge Demosthenes Mangiunsay of the Regional Trial Court Branch 24 in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

PRO-9 spokesperson Chief Insp. Helen Galvez disclosed that before the encounter, around 2:50 p.m. troopers of the Sibugay Provincial Public Safety Company were conducting a combat patrol at the vicinity of Sitio Pulo Panjang in barangay Mamagon, Naga when the group of Timbol consisting of seven armed men were spotted by the government forces thereafter resulting to heavy exchange of gun fire.

After the ten-minute clash, the police troopers discovered the body of Timbol left behind by his withdrawing cohorts.

Police recovered from Timbol’s possession a .45 caliber pistol with bullets inside the magazine and a mobile phone.

As of press time, the police troopers are still conducting pursuit operation against the criminal group.

Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Billy Beltran commended the troops of the Sibugay Provincial Public Safety Company for a job well done. – Dan Toribio