'ISIS supporter' killed in Lanao Sur shootout

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr.

March 29, 2023, 8:13 pm

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A suspect tagged as the most wanted person in Lanao del Sur province was killed in a predawn shootout with policemen in Marawi City on Wednesday.

The Area Police Command - Western Mindanao (APC-WM) said Mohammad Isah Alimondaya, an alleged supporter of the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was neutralized in Barangay Dulay West, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur at about 2:30 a.m.

The APC-WM said the shootout broke out when Alimondaya opened fire while policemen were about to serve warrants of arrest against him.

The policemen returned fire, leading to a brief shootout that resulted in the suspect’s death.

Recovered from the slain suspect were a .45-caliber pistol, a .22-caliber revolver, ammunition, and a hand grenade.

Alimondaya has a standing warrant of arrest for murder with no recommended bail issued by a Marawi City court on Dec. 28, 2020, police said.

Earlier in the same year, another court in Marawi issued an arrest warrant against Alimondaya for frustrated murder charges with a recommended bail of PHP200,000.

Police said Alimondaya, allegedly a follower of the ISIS-inspired Dawlah Islamiya local terror group, was involved in contract killings, gunrunning, and illegal drug trafficking in Lanao del Sur and the Maguindanao provinces. (PNA)