One policeman dead, three others injured in a village ambush on police car
Members of the Philippines’ elite Special Action Force, were quickly deployed after a group of gunmen opened fire on a police car, killling the police chief of Maguindanao’s Ampatuan town and one of his men.
The Manila Times reported that three other policemen were wounded in the attack as they were travelling to serve an arrest warrant on a suspected robber.
The attack occurred in the village of Kapinpilan, instantly killing Lt Reynaldo Samson and Corporal Salipudin Endab.
The daring ambush by as many as 50 gunmen also injured three others – MSg. Reynante Quinalayo, Cpl. Rogelio de la Cuesta Jr. and Cpl. Marc Clint Dayaday.
Regional police chief Bgen. John Guyguyon said all the injured were rushed to a nearby medical facility.
No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the ambush, but the province of Maguindanao is a known stronghold of various rebel groups and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which signed a peace pact with the government in 2004.