Police shot dead a gunman accused of taking part in the Maguindano massacre on the orders of a powerful clan after he resisted arrest, an official said on Monday.
Muktar Santo was allegedly involved in the November 2009 murder of 58 people in the strife-torn southern island of Mindanao and was shot dead along with two companions when security forces raided his hideout, local police chief Senior Supt. Rolen Balquin said.
The massacre, in which 32 journalists were also killed, caused global revulsion and spotlighted political violence in the Philippines.
“We received information from intelligence regarding the whereabouts of this suspect.
We were greeted by a gunshot upon approaching the
rented house, thus starting a shootout,” Balquin told Agence France-Presse.
“One of them was shot while in the act of removing a safety pin of a live fragmentation grenade,” he said.
A reward of P250,000 was offered for the arrest of Santo who was allegedly part of the private army of the powerful Ampatuan clan accused of carrying out the killings.