Kidnap gang leader slain in Sacol clash PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 13:52

The leader of a notorious kidnap-for-ransom group based in Sacol Island was killed in an encounter with government forces at Sitio Tambak, Sacol last Sunday afternoon.

A police report identified the slain KFRG leader as Wahid Pingli,  leader of the PIngli brothers who are responsible for several kidnappings in the city.

The report said that police and military troopers went to Sacol Island to serve on the Pingli brothers warrants of arrest for kidnapping with serious illegal detention and murder, but the group resisted arrest and engaged the lawmen in a shootout.

Police said the firefight lasted for 15 minutes afterwhich other members of the Pingli group withdrew to an unknown area.

Wahid’s body was recovered by government troops with bullet wounds at the clash site.

Aside from Wahid’s body, the troops also recovered one load bearing equipment, an M16 rifle, grenade launcher, four long magazines loaded with rounds of ammunitions, Nokia cell phone, eye glasses, medical kit, personal belongings and “subversive” documents.

Wahid’s body was turned to over to his wife Sauna Jamaa of Taluksangay after the clearing operation.

The Pingli brothers were considered as notorious by authoritiesas they were tagged as behind several kidnappings and killing of prominent persons in the city.

Pingli is included in the top 10 wanted persons in the region with P200,000 reward on his head. – Dan Toribio Jr.