Army intercepts 12 guns at checkpoint PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 January 2013 14:23

Soldiers from the Army’s 65th Infantry Battalion apprehended two persons  on board a sports utility vehicle with high powered firearms while the former were on gun ban checkpoint operations in Marawi City Wednesday night, according to the 65IB Commander Lt. Col .Ralph-Raul Sespeñe.

The soldiers initially observed the vehicle with no plate number to be apparently evading the checkpoint in Brgy Datu Saber. When they flagged it down, it yielded one Minimi 5.56mm rifle with the passenger. Upon further visual search inside the vehicle, it yielded more guns or a total of 12 high powered firearms with ammunition as follows:
- a SAW Minimi 5.56 rifle
- a SAR Galil Rifle
- a 7.62mm M14 Rifle
- four Baby Armalite 5.56mm M653 Rifle with M203 Grenade Launchers
- two 5.56mm M16 Rifle
- one Cal .308 Rifle
- one 9 mm Machine Rifle
- one  US 12 Gauge Shotgun

The two persons aboard the vehicle were identified as Muslimin Binao Ali and Junaid Ali. The duo were brought to the Marawi City PNP for filing of case. The vehicle and the firearms were brought to the headquarters of 65IB for legal disposition processing.

Maj.Gen Ricardo Rainier Cruz III, commander of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division said the efforts of soldiers will continue to ensure a peaceful and credible national and local election on May 13, 2013 election.