COTABATO CITY - A policeman died while two others were wounded after they were attacked by armed men in Barangay Maganding, Picong, Lanao del Sur Tuesday afternoon.
In an information from Police Regional Office of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, personnel from Picong Municipal Police Station, led by Police Inspector Rudy Bagsingkit, were on their way back to Picong Police Station after conducting Oplan "Tokhang."
Upon approaching Barangay Maganding the team was fired upon by a group of armed suspects led by a certain Akil Darimbang, alias 'Akil Binong Alilang.'
According to authorities, Darimbang was one of the escapees during the jail break last August 27 at the Provincial Jail, Barangay Tampilong, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. Eight Maute members escaped the detention facility and tagged along 12 other detainees.
The slain police was identified as Police Officer 1 Tahir Mala while Bagsingkit and Police Officer 3 Saidamin Enggang Rashid sustained gunshot wounds.
Wounded personnel were immediately brought to Dr. Serapio Montañer District Hospital in Malabang, Lanao del Sur.