2 kidnappers killed, cop hurt in shootout-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Monday, April 14, 2014
ZAMBOANGA CITY (Updated) - Two suspected members of a kidnap-for-ransom-group were killed and six others, including a policeman and a village official, were arrested in a shootout with the police during a raid in Zamboanga City, a police official said Monday.
Zamboanga City police officer-in-charge Senior Superintendent Angelito Casimiro said the shootout ensued as the suspected kidnappers opened fire when the raiding team stormed their safe house along Veterans Avenue Extension in the village of Sta. Maria around 1:30 a.m. Monday.
Chief Superintendent Getulio Napenas, director of the national police Special Action Force (SAF), earlier said his men raided the house where an Abu Sayyaf sub-leader and his followers were believed hiding. Four managed to escape during the raid.
Casimiro said they have yet to establish the identities of the two slain suspects, whose remains were taken to a local funeral parlor.
Casimiro identified the arrested suspects as Mamarin Pilay, 51, the village chief of Lakiki, Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte; Police Officer 1 (PO1) Saudi Apion, 35, who is assigned in Lamitan City, Basilan; Alaraf Apion, 27; Jakaria Jamani, 22, Allan Abdullah, 29; and, Nasser Siddik, 24.
A member of the raiding team identified as PO1 Carlos Bucaig of the SAF was also wounded during the shootout.
The raiding team swooped down on the suspects’ safe house with a search warrant issued by the Court for violation of Republic Act 10591 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, Casimiro said.
He said the raiding team has recovered from the safe house four .45 caliber pistols with ammunition and three fragmentation grenades.
He added that the group was involved in three previous kidnappings that include the kidnapping of an employee of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and the kidnapping of a head teacher and a businesswoman in the village of Labuan, Zamboanga city.
Casimiro said they are checking if the group was involved in the April 1 kidnapping of Michael Kho in the village of Poblacion, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte. He added that the suspects are also involved in gunrunning activities.
The group is reportedly planning to kidnap a high-profile personality at any given opportune time in this city, Casimiro said, adding that the presence of the suspects was monitored by the intelligence unit of the police.
“We have received information that there are groups from nearby areas planning to conduct kidnapping operation in Zamboanga City,” he said. (Sunnex)