Suspected ASG rebels kill policeman in Sulu


ZAMBOANGA CITY: A policeman was killed while another was wounded on two separate incidents perpetrated by suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits in Sulu, the military disclosed on Saturday. Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, Joint Task Group Sulu commander, identified the slain policeman as PO3 Espaldon Tingkahan, 40, assigned with the Provincial Public Safety Company. Arrojado said Tingkahan was shot to death around 5:40 am on Saturday in the vicinity of the airport in Barangay Liang, Patikul, Sulu. Arrojado said Tingkahan was having his morning jogging when repeatedly shot by two unidentified persons who pretended to be among the joggers. The runway of the airport that stretches from Jolo town to the municipality of Patikul serves as the jogging place of residents in the area. Arrojado said troops of the Army’s 35th Infantry Battalion stationed nearby responded and engaged the suspects in a shootout. The suspects managed to escape towards the hinterlands.



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