3 people killed, 15 wounded in Kidapawan Jail attack

February 20, 2012 11:50 pm 

By Joel C. Atencio

MANILA, Feb. 20 -– About 50 heavily-armed men attacked the District Jail in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato Sunday night, killing three people and wounding 15 others, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines on Monday.

Combined soldiers and policemen launched a hot pursuit operations against the attackers who fled after Kidapawan City Jail officers repulsed them at about 10 p.m. Sunday.

AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos said the heavily-armed unidentified men were out to spring from jail detained Maguindanao-based notorious Muslim bandit leader Datukan Samad, alias "Lastikman".

The raider fired rocket propelled grenade to the wall of the city jail and B-40 antitank rockets at the jail's main gate.

Personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), however, returned fire, forcing the attackers to retreat.

Burgos said three people were killed during the raid. He identified them as Mark Anthony Morales, 23; Ian Carlos Sevilla, 22; and a certain Benny Balmediano.

The attackers shot Sevilla and Morales, who were on a drinking spree inside a nearby Molos Videoke House, to divert attention.

The injured included Fire Chief Insp. Romeo Tactaquin, Fire Officer 1 Jonathan Cornejo, Jail Officer 2 Joel Letada, Fire Officer 1 Jerry Anonciado, Police Officer 2 Ricky Santos, Adrales Cabriles, Elvin Dulay, Ernie Aguirre, Raffy Yusulan, Joemar Lizardo, Rizaldy Dapan, and Al Termolin Lao.

They were now confined in different hospitals in Kidapawan City.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo lauded the jail and fire officers who responded to the incident.

Samad is a new and emerging notorious bandit leader whose group is engaged in kidnap-for-ransom, car theft, extortion, gun for hire, among others, and operating in Maguindanao and nearby provinces.

“The officers and men of the Kidapawan City District Jail deserves commendation for putting up a fight and repulsing about 50 armed bandits, who were out to spring out from jail their alleged leader Datukan Samad,” Robredo said.

Robredo has directed officials of the PNP Regional Office 12 led by Chief Supt. Benjardi Mantele to investigate the incident, identify the raiders and work for their arrest. (PNA) dct/RMA/JCA


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