2 killed in Lanao Sur clash

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 September)—A soldier and an unidentified gunman were killed following an encounter at an Army checkpoint in Madalum town, Lanao del Sur at around 6:45 a.m. Friday, a military official said.

Col. Glen Macasero, commander of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade, said the slain gunman was part of a group of armed men on board a multi-cab and a pick-up truck that passed by the Army checkpoint.

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“This checkpoint is fixed and sometimes not manned by soldiers. Maybe the gunmen thought that way and was surprised when they saw there were soldiers manning the checkpoint,” Macasero said.

Apparently caught by surprise, Macasero said the gunmen sprayed the outpost with gunfire, killing a soldier, whose name was not released pending notification to his family, on the spot.

Macasero said the soldiers fired back and killed one of the passengers of the multi-cab, which the armed men abandoned.

He added the other gunmen fled to the mountains of nearby Ganassi town using the pickup vehicle, bringing with them another supposed fatality.

Macasero said the soldiers recovered from the multi-cab an M16 rifle, an M1 carbine and a Caliber .45 pistol.

He said the gunmen were believed to be members of a criminal group and not fighters of the Moro National Liberation Front or the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. (Froilan Gallardo/MindaNews)