1 killed in encounter with Marines in Sulu PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:51

One person was killed after heavily armed men opened fire at patrolling Marines triggering a firefight in Barangay Likbah, Panglima Estino in Sulu over the weekend.

Reports released by Marine Battalion Landing Team-11 Commanding Officer Lt Col. Romy Racadio said that a special platoon from the 211th Marine Company was conducting a regular visibility patrol in the area when they chanced upon a group of persons armed with M16 and M14 rifles, who started firing at the soldiers.

Racadio said the Marines returned fire, killing one of the gunmen identified Assamudin Daud, a resident of the said barangay. No casualty was reported on the Marines side.

After the firefight, the armed men withdrew towards northeast direction heading for the municipality of Panamao. It was believed that the armed group who fired at the soldiers were followers of some local politicians in the area.

Racadio said the Marines in the area remained on heightened alert and have strengthened their security following the incident and vowed to maintain their visibility in the area to thwart further attacks.

On the other hand, men of the Panglima Estino Police Station headed by Insp. Gutierrez said the incident was a clear violation of the Omnibus Election Code or gun ban since it is still covered by election period. Gun ban will be lifted on November 10, 2010.

The police as well as the marines are now conducting investigation as to who fired at the soldiers.

Meantime, the MBLT-11 has facilitated a dialogue with the civilians living in the area so as to settle family disputes.

Last August 16, 2010, the family of former barangay chairman of Likbah Akkang Aduh was sprayed with bullets, killing 5 members and wounding four others,. Allegedly the gun attack was perpetrated by Dening Karim who is now the barangay chairman.

By ANNE M. SOBERANO