Four members of the Dawlah Islamiyah terrorist group were neutralized in a joint police-military and law enforcement support operations composed of the 5th Special Forces Battalion, under 6th Infantry (KAMPILAN) Division, T’boli Municipal Police and other augmentation forces in T’boli, South Cotabato on January 21, 2021.
The slain suspects were Macabangin brothers identified as Harudin, Norhan, Baharan and Moin all members of Dawlah Islamiyah (DI) Maguid Group reportedly under the command of alias ‘Tadoy’.
The army and police personnel raided the suspects’ hideout in Sitio Malou Jawe, Barangay Basag in the said town, around 5:00 a.m.
During the serving of the warrants of arrest, armed men fired at the arresting officers which prompted the government troops to retaliate. The exchange of gun fires lasted for 20 minutes which resulted to heavily wounding the suspects. The Government troops brought the casualties to the nearest hospital but were pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.
Recovered from their possession were one unit of homemade carbine, one magazine of carbine rifle, three live ammunition of carbine rifle, two units of Cal .45 pistol, two magazines of Cal .45, eleven live ammunition of Cal .45, one hand grenade, three units’ cellular phone, one piece of fired cartridge case of carbine, three pieces of fired cartridge case of Cal. 45, fifteen pieces of fired cartridge of caliber 5.56mm and pack of dried marijuana leaves with estimated value of P300.00.
Major General Juvymax R. Uy, Commander of 6th ID and Joint Task Force Central lauded the government troops for the successful conduct of the operation. “You have showed bravery and selflessly performed duties in securing the people of South Cotabato; for this reason, I commend you for a job well done “, said Maj. Gen Uy.
“The Joint Task Force Central and the 6th Infantry Division will continue to pursue remnants of the Dawlah Islamiyah and other terrorist groups operating in Central Mindanao to finally put an end to their terroristic activities and pave the way for a lasting peace in this part of Mindanao” the Commander added. 6ID