• Police tracking fugitives behind Lanao ambush

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    MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur: Authorities are hunting down the suspects in Tuesday’s ambush in Picong town, this province, that killed a policeman and wounded four others, including the town’s chief of police.

    Slain in the ambush was Police Officer (PO)1 Rohodin Taha.

    Wounded in the daring attack was Senior Insp. Rudy Bagsingit, Marawi police chief, and three others whose names were not made available.

    The officers were with the military auxiliary unit Cafgu aboard a police patrol car coming from a drug operation in Barangay Maganding when an undetermined number of armed men opened fired at them.

    The gunmen escaped shortly after the ambush.

    Senior Supt. Agustin Tello, provincial police director, said one of the attackers was identified as Akil Darimbang, who staged the ambush in retaliation for his arrest.

    Darimbang, facing a murder case and captured last year, was one of the 23 inmates who escaped from the provincial prison here last month.

    Last August 27, jihadists’ groups, led by founding members of the Khilafah Islamiyah Movement, stormed the provincial jail to rescue their eight comrades –members of the Maute group who were arrested for illegal possession of explosives.

    The group also freed 15 other detainees, including Darimbang.

    It was not immediately known whether other jail escapees were involved in the attack.

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