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By Joseph Jubelag

Cotabato City – Police arrested a ranking leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) who yielded a cache of high-powered firearms during a raid on his house in Barangay Datu Balabaran here on Wednesday.

Supt. James Lugan, PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group regional chief for the Autonomous Region and Muslim Mindanao identified the suspect as Hadji Hammed Maguing, said to be the battalion commander of MILF- Bangsamoro Islamic Armed forces.

Police seized assorted high-powered firearms including two units M-16 Armalite, one M-14, one Garand, M-79 rifles and one .38 caliber revolver and several ammunitions.

Police said the suspect failed to present pertinent documents for the license and registration of firearms.

Logan said the raid conducted on the suspect’s residence was covered by a search warrant in a bid to intensify the police operations against loose firearms in the city.

City police director Seniodr Supt. Victor Valencia said charges for illegal possession of firearms were filed against the suspect who is detained at the detention facility of PNP-CIDG –ARMM here.

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