Three people, including a criminal group leader, were killed while one was captured in a 30-minute fire fight in the Zamboanga del Norte, the police said Wednesday.
Chief Supt. Miguel Antonio Jr., Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) director, disclosed the fire fight broke out around 2 a.m. Wednesday in Sitio Lemon, Barangay Salvacion, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte.
Antonio identified the slain criminal group leader as Omar Arasi alias Commander Sapii, the leader of the Sapii crime group and was listed as the No. 1 most wanted person here in the region.
Antonio said a follower of Commander Sapii’s group was also killed but had yet to be identified by the police in Labason, Zamboanga del Norte.
Antonio said one of Sapii’s followers was captured, the identity of which was withheld.
He disclosed that a member of the Special Action Force (SAF) identified as PO2 Alexandro Gapongli was the lone casualty on the government side.
He said the fire fight broke out when the group of Sapii resisted the policemen who were serving warrant of arrest against the crime group leader.
He said the raiding team has recovered at the clash site three high-power firearms with assorted ammunition abandoned by the followers of Sapii, who fled to different directions.