Maguindanao town councilor hurt in ambush

By Edwin Fernandez

March 7, 2020, 1:24 pm

<p><em>Google map of Mamasapano, Maguindanao</em></p>

Google map of Mamasapano, Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY – Police have launched a manhunt to find two motorcycle-riding gunmen who ambushed and injured a town councilor of Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Friday.

Lt. Col. Henry Banias, Mamasapano town police chief, said Councilor Mastura Bedtigilan Kamidsa, 47, of Barangay Tuka, was driving his Toyota Innova vehicle from the town hall heading for adjacent Shariff Aguak municipality when gunmen opened fire on him using M16 rifles at past 3 p.m.

Although injured, Kamidsa managed to continue driving his vehicle towards an Army detachment where he sought help. Soldiers rushed him to the Maguindanao provincial hospital in Shariff Aguak town.

“Responding soldiers and policemen found 14 empty shells for an M16 rifle at the ambush site,” Banlas said.

Possible motives of the attack could be personal or work-related, he said, adding that Kamidsa is already out of danger.

In 2015, Mamasapano made the headlines following the 12-hour clash involving an elite police unit and Moro gunmen in what is now known as the “Mamasapano encounter”.

Forty-four police officers, 17 rebels, and seven civilians perished in the incident. (PNA)