Supt. Rex Anongos,
police director, said about 20 to 30 heavily armed men aboard a motorized boat
arrived at about 5 a.m. Thursday at Purok Lupapakan, Barangay Kalanganan 2
here, strafing and burning two of the houses near a fishpond in the village. Cotabato City
Killed in the attack were Abubakar Guiamalel and Guia Akmaed. The wounded victim has yet to be identified.
Anongos said his field troops responded but failed to catch up with the attackers, who allegedly fled the scene upon sensing responding lawmen.
At least 75 spent shells of M-16, AK 47, grenade launcher, M-14 and Garand rifles were recovered from the scene, he said.
Anongos said an in-depth police probe is still underway to establish the real motive and identities of people behind Thursday attack, which also forced some residents to seek refuge in nearby safer grounds.
Interviewed by local reporters, former Cotabato City Mayor Muslimin Sema said the site of the attack is part of his family-owned fishpond, but pointed out that his relatives or workers in the area “were not targets” of the assault.
Sema, who heads a major faction in the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), expressed belief that the attack was an offshoot of the bloody ambush Monday afternoon or three days earlier along the highway of nearby DOS town in Maguindanao.
Five civilians, including two women and a four-year old child, killed and two minors wounded in the ambush. All the victims belonged to the Ayunan family in this city.