Mohammad Dipatuan Awal
  • Sex: Male
Incident Details
  • Killed in police operation
  • Date of Incident: February 16, 2018
  • Time of Incident: 11:30 pm
  • Location of Incident: Cotabato City, Maguindanao

Police here killed a drug suspect who tried to lob a hand grenade during a drug buy bust operation Friday night here.

Chief Inspector Aldrin Gonzales, speaking for police in Region 12, said Mohammad Dipatuan Awal tried to throw a hand grenade when police enforcers were to arrest him following a drug buy bust operation.

Gonzales said Awal pulled a fragmentation grenade after sensing he was dealing with a poseur buyer during the 11:30 p.m. operation in Barangay Bagua 2, Cotabato City.

“This prompted the police to fire on him,” Gonzales said.

Elements of Coabato City police station 4 rushed Awal to the Cotabato Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

His companion, Saydamin Balao, a member of Barangay Police Action Team (BPAT), was arrested.

Recovered from Balao was the hand grenade, 14 sachets of suspected shabu, drug paraphernalia and marked money.

In Maguindanao, soldiers from 57th Infantry Battalion arrested Alimudin Sangcopan, a member of private armed group, and recovered from him an M-16 Armalite rifle with ammunition during law enforcement in Barangay Labo-Labo, Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao at 5 p.m. Friday.

Major Gen. Arnel dela Vega, 6th Infantry Division commander, said Sangcopan has been turned over to Shariff Aguak town police for filing of charges.