2 suspected bomb courier killed in Sultan Kudarat
January 25, 2022 - Tuesday 6:01 PM by Aira MirandaHEIGHTENED ALERT. Police officers in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat conduct an inspection Monday night (Jan. 24, 2022) following the death of two suspected bomb couriers and drug peddlers during a law enforcement operation. The strict police checkpoint operation was a preemptive measure against retaliation from colleagues of the slain suspects. (Photo courtesy of Esperanza MPS)
The police announced Tuesday, Jan. 25, that two alleged bombers were slain during police operations along a national highway in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat.
According to Capt. Jetro Doligas, local police commander, the two gunmen disregarded police officers at an election gun ban checkpoint near the Sultan Kudarat-Maguindanao border about 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24.
Doligas stated that the car drove by Guialudin Kasan, 30, of Macasampen, Guindulungan, Maguindanao, was flagged down by the police and troops manning the checkpoint.
Guialudin, on the other hand, ignored the law enforcers and sped away toward Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, prompting the police to give chase.
“The police caught up with them along Barangay Sagasa,” Capt. Doligas said.
Doligas stated that the two exchanged rounds with pursuing police officers, inflicting critical injuries on the suspects.
Kasan and his buddy, who was named only as "Bronx," were brought to the hospital, where they were pronounced dead upon arrival.
Operatives at the scene of the incident seized a.22-caliber pistol, an improvised explosive device (IED), 37 sachets of suspected shabu, a multicab truck, ammo, and cell phones from the suspects.
Douglas said that police investigators are still attempting to establish the location of the IED and illegal substances that the two suspects were supposed to carry.
The suspects' remains were turned over to relatives who appeared at the Esperanza police station.
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