FOUR members of the ISIS-inspired Daulah Islamiyah that gained notoriety for its terror and extortion activities in Central Mindanao were killed in gunbattles with security forces in Polomolok, South Cotabato Saturday morning, Police Regional Office 12 director Brigadier General Michael John F. Dubria reported yesterday.
Another suspect was arrested during the simultaneous operations in the province conducted by members of the PRO12, the Philippine National Police Special Action Force, the Armed Forces and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, the official said.
Dubria said during the first raid, troops engaged the suspects in a firefight as they tried to serve a warrant of arrest against three targets identified as Solaiman Paraluman, Rod Embang and Ottoh Alangan in their hideout in Purok Maguindanao, Barangay Lumakil in Polomolok around 6:25 a.m. Saturday.
Alangan was shot in the gunbattle and died while being taken to the Polomolok District Hospital while Embang and Paraluman managed to escape.
Another raid killed Muadzs Modje following a firefight with troops.
The suspect and his pal Sadan Macabangin, who is wanted for two counts of murder, shot it out with officers although Macabangin managed to flee.
Recovered from the scene were a .38 revolver with four live ammunition and four heat-sealed plastic sachets containing shabu.
In third operation, Noel Castrana and Amer Pagalasan died in an encounter in Purok Maguindanao around 7 a.m. the same day.
Dubria said the two and two other targets identified as brothers Rarmiden and Ryan Bisaya fought it out with the lawmen but managed to escape.
The operation led to the arrest of Daryl Sambial, a 23-year-old carpenter who yielded an improvised gauge shotgun with seven bullets and three plastic sachets containing shabu.
Dubria said the targets of the raids were identified as members of the Dawlah-Islamiyah group led by one Geoffrey Nilong and one alias “Abu Omar/Moi-Moi.”
He said Ryan Bisaya had a pending warrant of arrest for murder.
Dubria said Paraluman and Embang were wanted for murder and attempted murder while Macabangin had two pending murder cases.
Alnagan and Modjie were also wanted for their involvement in robbery-holdup, carnapping and gun-for-hire activities in the province.