Soldiers and policemen neutralized a bomb courier in a shoot-out in Cotabato City on January 9.
The bomb courier was slain after initiating a gun fight with personnel of the 5th Special Forces Battalion and the Cotabato City Police Office along East Diversion Road in Barangay Tamontaka 2, Cotabato City at 10pm on Wednesday.
Government troops flagged down the motorcycle driven by the bomb courier at a checkpoint along East Diversion Road.
“Soldiers and policemen approached the subject, but the latter refused to yield and instead fired several rounds at the government troops, prompting our forces to return fire and wounding the suspect,” said Major General Cirilito Sobejana, the commander of the Joint Task Force Central.
The troops promptly brought the subject to the nearest hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival.
Soldiers and policemen found a Caliber .45 pistol and ammunition in the possession of the subject.
While in the course of processing the crime scene, operating troops found Anti-Personnel Mines inside the U-box of the suspect’s motorcycle, added Major General Sobejana.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of the police immediately conducted a safety procedure and recovered the component of unexploded ordnance (81mm mortar) and two cellular phones.
“We would like to reassure the public that your military and police forces will always be on the guard to preserve the peace and order in our area of responsibility,” said Major General Sobejana.
The police’s investigation team has yet to verify the suspect’s identity.
On January 9, soldiers of the 40th Infantry Battalion recovered Anti-Personnel Mines emplaced by the Torayfie Group and thwarted the group’s bomb ploy after a five-minute clash in Sitio Landing Fish, Barangay Darampua, Sultan Sa Barongis, Maguindanao.
Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, the commander of the Western Mindanao Command, meanwhile, said soldiers will continue to support police operations to address threats instigated by terrorist groups in Central Mindanao.