MARAWI CITY: Three police officers were injured in a firefight against gunmen in the municipality of Kapatagan in Lanao del Sur on Sunday that lasted for about 20 minutes.
Col. Madzgani Mukaram, Lanao del Sur police chief said in a text message on Monday the incident was purely a police operation of serving a warrant of arrest in Barangay Daguan, Kapatagan when a firefight ensued.
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, said Mukaram.
He 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.
Police officers injured are Centinaje, Cpl. Morsed Maliga and Pat. Abdul Khamied Unda, all belonging to Kapatagan municipal police station.
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.
Police and military forces launched a manhunt against the gunmen behind the Kapatagan encounters. (Masiding Noor Yahya/RSP)
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