Monday, April 20, 2020

Manhunt on vs. gunmen in clash with police in Lanao Sur

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 20, 2020): Manhunt on vs. gunmen in clash with police in Lanao Sur (By Edwin Fernandez)

Google map of Kapatagan, Lanao Del Sur

Police and military forces have launched a province-wide manhunt against gunmen behind the skirmishes in Kapatagan, Lanao del Sur that left three police officers injured on Sunday.
“We are pursuing the perpetrators, we worked with the Philippine Marines,” Col. Madzgani Mukaram, Lanao del Sur police director, said Monday.

The police were to arrest a wanted man but a firefight ensued.

Mukaram said the 2 a.m. operation sparked an armed confrontation that lasted for about 20 minutes in Barangay Daguan, Kapatagan.

The police, led by Capt. Karl Vincent Centinaje were armed with a warrant of arrest for murder issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 12 in Malabang, Lanao del Sur against Meranda K. Bagnas, 45, farmer and resident of Barangay Daguan.
Mukaram said police intelligence confirmed the presence of Bagnas in the village on Saturday night.

Backed by members of the Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT-5), the police went to an area where Bagnas was allegedly hiding. As the team was approaching the area, an undetermined number of gunmen, led by Bagnas, opened fire on government forces, triggering a 20-minute firefight.

Aside from Centinaje, also injured were Cpl. Morsed Maliga and Pat. Abdul Khamied Unda, all belonging to Kapatagan town police force.

It was uncertain if the gunmen, who all fled the scene, had suffered casualties.

Mukaram said all the wounded police officers are now in stable condition at a hospital in Malabang.

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