Friday, December 5, 2014

Policemen shoot cop who ran amuck inside base in Philippines

From the Mindanao Examiner BlogSpot site (Dec 5): Policemen shoot cop who ran amuck inside base in Philippines

Security forces shot dead a policeman who killed a cop and wounded another during an assault before dawn Friday on a police base in the southern Filipino province of Tawi-Tawi, sources told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.

It said policemen, backed by soldiers, assaulted the base in Bongao town and killed PO2 Mario Tobias after he failed to surrender peacefully for killing PO2 Alano Abdulwahid the night before.

Tobias, who ran amuck, fired his M16 automatic rifle and killed the cop. Two other policemen who had been identified only by their rank and first name – SPO3 Kamaluddin and PO1 Tety – were also wounded in the rampage.

After shooting indiscriminately, Tobias locked himself inside one of the rooms of Camp Alejandro Suarez as police commanders urged him to surrender peacefully, but negotiations had failed.

It was unknown what triggered Tobias to go on rampage, but police have launched an investigation into the tragedy.

Provincial and regional police officials did not give any statement about the incident.

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