Police kill massacre suspect in shootout

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A SUSPECT of the Maguindanao Massacre was killed after resisting arrest on Thursday in a remote village in Datu Unsay town in Maguindanao, police official said on Saturday.

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Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief, Director Benjamin Magalong, quoting reports from the field identified the slain suspect as Maut Bangkulat.

The police official said Bangkulat was declared dead on arrival at the Isulan Provincial Hospital where he was rushed by a team from the Central Mindanao Police Office unit that was sent out to serve a warrant for his arrest.

Magalong said that a team of operatives from the CIDG Central Mindanao backed by troops from the army’s 34th Infantry Battalion and military intelligence personnel were out to arrest him on Thursday at his lair in Barangay Satan in Datu Unsay town in Maguindanao.

The CIDG chief said the team was armed with an arrest warrant issued by the courts in connection with the Maguindanao massacre wherein which more than 50 people were killed, mostly journalists, by armed men allegedly led by Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr.

Magalong said Bangkulat resisted arrest by drawing out a hand grenade and tried to throw it to the arresting government team.

However, Magalong said that a member of the arresting team was able to react quickly and shot Bangkulat hitting him in the abdomen, the grenade reportedly failed to explode.

Magalong added without elaborating that Bangkulat is connected in the Maguindanao Massacre and one of the Most Wanted Persons in Central Mindanao with P250,000 being offered as reward for his arrest.

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