Tuesday, January 17, 2012

6 'extortionists' killed in Compostela

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Army soldiers killed six suspected members of an organized crime group engaged in extortion activities in Mawab town in Compostela Valley.
Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, spokesperson of the 10th Infantry Battalion, said the incident occurred around 3 p.m. Monday when government soldiers sighted a group in Barangay Malinawon.
Paniza said the armed men were on board a stolen Saddam truck heading towards a banana plantation to harass residents to give in to their extortion demands when they encountered the government troops.
The soldiers were earlier informed by the local residents about the extortion activities of the armed group, Paniza said.
He said five high-powered firearms, including a .30 caliber machine gun, were recovered from the slain suspects.
January 17, 2012 12:44 PM

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