Google map of M'lang municipality, North Cotabato.

KIDAPAWAN CITY – Four armed robbery suspects were killed during a police pursuit operation in M’lang, North Cotabato Thursday night, a police official said.

In a radio interview Friday, Lt. Col. Realan Mamon, M’lang police chief, said three of the six suspects were killed on the spot while the fourth died in the hospital.

Mamon said the suspects, who were on board a mini-truck, robbed a man in Matalam, North Cotabato at gunpoint at about 7 p.m. on Thursday. They took their victim’s mobile phone.

The suspects then sped off toward adjacent M’lang town.

Police operatives of Matalam sought the help of their M’lang counterparts to put up a blocking force as the suspects were heading toward the town.

“They refused to pull over at a checkpoint, and instead they opened fire at our patrol car,” Mamon told the Church-run DXND station here.

Two of the six suspects managed to escape, he said, adding that the casualties were taken to a local funeral parlor and were still awaiting claimants.

Mamon said the suspects’ identities remained unknown as of posting. (PNA)