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            LANAO DEL SUR – Dawlah Islamiya Top 2 Provincial Most Wanted Person in Lanao Del Sur and his cohort were neutralized on the Police Operation conducted at Barangay Mamaan, Piagapo, Lanao Del Sur on March 26, 2021.

            Police Colonel Rex O Derilo, Provincial Director, Lanao Del Sur Police Provincial Office identified the neutralized suspects as Kadafy Manuson Ayonan (DI Listed Top 2 Provincial Most Wanted Person) and Garcia Muloc Ariraya.

            Based on the report of Lanao Del Sur Police Provincial Office, at about 5:30 AM of March 26, 2021, Joint Elements of Lanao Del Sur Police Provincial Office, Special Action Force, Regional Intelligence Unit, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 14, and in coordination with Piagapo MPS served the warrant of arrest against Kadafy M Ayonan, Amirodin Dimakuta, and Ibra Maute Dimakuta for Crime of Kidnapping and Murder bearing Criminal Case Numbers 7270-14, and 7271-14 respectively issued by Executive Judge of RTC12, Branch 9, Marawi City.

            While the operating troops were approaching, they were immediately fired upon by the suspects prompting the troops to retaliate. Firefight ensued, Kadafy Ayonan, Amirodin Dimakuta, and their group continued to trade shots with the authorities. Amirodin Dimakuta came across confronting one (1) SAF Trooper whom he fired two (2) shots of caliber .45 hitting the M4 Magazine pouched on the body vest and the war belt buckle of the latter.

            In the midst of the firefight which lasted MOL 30 minutes, Ibra Maute Dimakuta, Amirodin Dimakuta, and two other suspects managed to escape and head towards unknown direction. The primary suspect, Kadafy Ayonan, was wounded and was rushed to Amai Pakpak Medical Center by the police but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician. During the immediate clearing and search of the encounter site, Garcia Ariraya cohort of Ayonan was found dead after suffering fatal gunshot wounds on his body. Troops immediately pulled out due to presence of hostiles in the area wherein it is known as a hotbed of DI-MG members.

            Further investigation disclosed that the group of Ayonan chose to fight against the joint PNP operating units than to surrender. Moreover, one of the suspects accidentally hit a 13 years old boy with rounds of caliber 7.62 during the exchange of gunfire which resulted to his death.

            Recovered from the encounter site were: a. One (1) pc M14 with SN 1538221; b. Five (5) magazines of M14 fully loaded w/ 7.62 rounds (76); c. Two (2) pcs fired cartridges of cal 7.62; d. Seven (7) pcs caliber .30 fired cartridges; e. Eight (8) pcs caliber .45 fired cartridges; f. One (1) piece fired slug believed to be a cal .45 round; g. several component of Improvised Explosive Device; h. One piece ISIS flag; i. one piece of wallet containing Php20, 000.00; j. three (3) pieces of sketch maps indicating places of Lanao Norte and Iligan City; k. Payroll list (manifestations of possible plans of terrorism); and l. various personal identification cards of the suspects.

            Piagapo MPS is now preparing charges against the at large suspects for Murder in relation to the death of 13 years old boy, Frustrated Murder for nearly killing one police officer, and Direct Assault for engaging with the authorities.

            Police Brigadier General Samuel P Rodriguez, Regional Director, PRO BAR lauded the operating troops for this accomplishment. The neutralization of Kadafy Ayonan will surely cripple the ranks of Daulah Islamiya in Lanao del Sur.

            The Police Regional Office of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region vows to continue in its campaign against criminalities and terrorism and will remain valiant until every bit of this terrorist group will succumb to the government authorities.

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