PIKIT, North Cotabato – A joint operation of the local police, military, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) resulted in the arrest on Saturday afternoon of three of the four suspects linked to the recent killing of four family members and wounding of four others in Barangay Lagunde here.
Pikit Police Chief Capt. Mautin Pangandigan identified the arrested suspects as Abdul Amer Mamalo, 29; Nasser Noh Ali, 30; and Salahudin Nando Noh, 21. All three were members of the MILF 118th Base Command and residents of Sitio Kadingilan in Barangay Lagunde.
Pangandigan said a remaining suspect, who he refused to identify pending police follow-up operations, remains at-large.
“The arrested suspects were initially identified by one of the four surviving victims that led to their capture,” Pangandigan said.
He said the survivor and several witnesses pointed to Mamalo as the sole gunman in the incident.
“Mamalo also personally admitted to shooting the victims,” Pangandigan said, adding personal grudge with another close relative of the victims, a village watchman, as the motive behind the carnage.
On Friday, the suspects arrived in Sitio Tugunan, Barangay Lagunde, and shot the victims who were resting inside a house.
Killed on the spot were Sittie Alipolo Abdullah, 58; Zenaida Abdullah Mustapha, 36; Laga Abdullah 34; and a three-year-old girl.
Injured and still recuperating at a local hospital were Asria Abdulrajak Abdullah, 30, and three minors aged 13, eight, and seven.
The suspects are currently detained at the police custodial facility here while the filing of formal charges is readied against them.
Pangandigan acknowledged the efforts of North Cotabato Board Member Dulia D. Sultan, the Army’s 90th Infantry Battalion Alpha Company, and the MILF leadership that led to the arrest of the suspects.