By Martin Sadongdong
A suspected member of Dawlah Islamiyah, a Daesh-inspired terrorist group, was gunned down by soldiers in an armed encounter in Midsayap, North Cotabato on Independence Day, the military reported on Sunday (June 14).
Maj. General Diosdado Carreon, commander of Joint Task Force Central, said elements of the 31st Infantry Battalion (31IB) responded to a report about the presence of armed men in Barangay Lumupog, a secluded village in Midsayap, when they were fired upon by at least four suspects.
A 30-minute firefight ensued which resulted in the killing of the still unidentified terror suspect.
Carreon said no casualty was reported on the government’s side.
The troops then set up checkpoints to intercept the fleeing bandits.
Later, an ambulance carrying a wounded terror suspect was flagged down by combined military and police forces in Barangay Olandang. The ambulance belongs to the municipality of Datu Piang.
Carreon identified the wounded suspect as Maguindale Nawal, 25, of Barangay Dado, Datu Piang, Maguindanao. He was later apprehended after receiving medical treatment.
“It was found out that Maguindale Nawal incurred a gunshot wound in his chest during the encounter with our troops,” Carreon said.
Carreon said they recovered an AK47 rifle, an M16 rifle, various magazines, a bandolier, one motorized banca, two cellular phones, three backpacks, and other personal belongings at the encounter site.