3 militiamen slain in Maguindanao del Norte

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao (PNA) – Three militiamen were killed and two others were wounded in a gun attack before dawn on Monday, Nov. 28, in Buldon, Maguindanao del Norte the Army said.

Slain were Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit members Christian Silvestre, Ignacio Lozad, and Dondon Ahito. The wounded were identified as militiamen Arnel Cayanan and Calbertson Baggay.

Lt. Col. Dennis Almorato, Army 6th Infantry Division spokesperson, told reporters that the militiamen were part of the Army unit securing the bridge damaged by severe tropical storm ‘’Paeng’’ last month in Barangay Edcor.

Two armed men, believed to be members of a local terrorist group, arrived on a motorbike and opened fire on them, he said.

Citing field reports, Almorato said the gunmen fled toward the hinterlands of Barangay Nuyo, Buldon after the attack.

The 5th Marine Battalion Landing Team and Buldon Municipal Police Sation are conducting pursuit operations.