3 dead, 1 hurt in Maluso, Basilan encounter

By Jewel Reyes, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 06 2015 04:25 PM | Updated as of Jun 07 2015 01:17 AM

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines- A member of the Civilian Active Auxiliary (CAA) was killed and allegedly beheaded by armed men they encountered in Maluso, Basilan province Saturday.

Police identified the fatality as CAA member Daning Lumayon. Lumayon's M-16 rifle, bandolier with magazines and ammunitions were carted away by the still unidentified group.

Police Chief Inspector Edwin Placio said CAA members were patrolling the water lines of the Maluso Water District after reports that an armed group planted explosives there.

They chanced upon the group and a firefight ensued. CAA member Kila Lumayon was also wounded in the encounter.

Authorities said two other bodies believed to be members of the armed group were discovered during clearing operations.