3 brigands killed in encounter with policemen in Pagadian City

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MANILA, July 25 (PNA) -- Three members of lawless group, reportedly headed by one Ukol Talumpa, were killed during an encounter with government security forces in Pagadian City Friday afternoon.

The incident took place near Tulawas National High School at Purok 1, Barangay Tulawas, Pagadian City, said 1st Infantry Division public affairs office Lt. Col. Audie Mongao in a message to the PNA.

He added that operatives from the Pagadian City Police Station and Zamboanga Del Sur Provincial Police Office were responding to reports of armed men in the area when fired upon by 10 of the bandits at 5:43 p.m..

Police officers then retaliated, killing three and wounding four of the suspects, who managed to escape along with their other companions.

In the gunfight, a police officer identified as PO2 Manuel, was wounded in the chest.

Recovered from the encounter scene were three .45 caliber pistols and three motorcycles.

Mongao said troops from the 53rd Infantry Battalion are now helping the police in their pursuit operations.