PNP seizes various high-powered firearms, 1 suspect slain in Sulu

MANILA, March 30 (PNA) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Sulu province have successfully conducted an anti-drug operation against high value targets (HVTs) and the servicing of arrest warrant.

This was after a drug suspect was killed and various high-powered firearms were seized during the operation on Wednesday.

The slain suspect was identified as Ardin Akar Paling, 32; and his injured accomplice was identified as Nong Haliludin.

In the report of Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, regional director of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Regional Police Office, the operation was conducted in the barangays of Capual and Lahing-Lahing, in Omar, Sulu.

The targets of the law enforcement operation are the suspects identified as Saudi Kahil Hamja, Adzmar Omar, Juli Sahirol and Ayub Mangcabong for the cases of murder, arson and illegal drug trade.

The suspect Paling fought it out with authorities using his AK47, hence, he was killed in the process.

Seized from the suspects were 3 sachets of shabu and several firearms, including 7 units of M16 rifles; 2 units of M2O3; five units of M14 rifles; 1 cal. 22; 3 carbine rifles; 1 M79; 1 AK47; 1 FAL-IN; 150 cal, HMG; and 1 60MM mortar.

In the follow-up operation in Sitio Buhangin Mahaba in the said barangays, the targets were caught surprised which prompted them to flee and left their firearms.

Recovered were 2 M14 rifles; 1 M1 garand rifle; 4 M16 rifles and 1 grenade launcher. (PNA)

/PERFECTO T. RAYMUNDO

Source: Philippines News Agency

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