By Teng L. Datu
Cotabato City Bureau Chief .
CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao — Joint elements of 5th Special Forces Battalion and Cotabato City Police Office neutralized a bomb courier in a shootout on Wednesday evening in Cotabato City East Diversion Road, Barangay Tamontaka 2.
The suspect, who was riding a motorcycle, was flagged down at a checkpoint by the government troops as he was acting suspicious while approaching the checkpoint.
When the troops approached to check him, he refused to yield, but instead he drew a pistol and fired several rounds that led to a brief shootout resulting to the wounding of the suspect.
The suspect was immediately brought to the nearest hospital but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.
Found in the suspect’s possession were calibre .45 pistol loaded with ammunition, personal belongings, cash amounting to P5,700, and one black Honda motorcycle.
However, while in the course of processing the crime scene, one suspected anti-personnel mine was found inside the U-box of the suspect’s motorcycle.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of PNP immediately conducted safety procedures and recovered the component of one unexploded ordnance of 81mm mortar as main charge with two cell phones.
“The vigilance of our troops in securing Cotabato City and its residents is very commendable and worthy of emulation. 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,” 6th Infantry Division Commander Major Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said.
The identity of the suspect is still to be verified by the investigation team of the PNP. (with reports from 6id)