By Ali Macabalang
COTABATO CITY – An elusive suspect, who has been wanted for murder in Marawi City, was killed alongside a cohort in a firefight with police operatives at their hideout in Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur last Wednesday.
The slain principal suspect was identified as Jalaloding Mocsir, who has long been wanted for two cases of murder in Marawi City.
His companion Nasrulla Capal was also killed in the shootout.
According to Lanao del Sur Police Director Col. Madzgani Mukaram, both died on-the-spot from gunshot wounds sustained in the fire fight with police authoritieis.
“The team dispatched to (cause) arrest was forced to open fire when the suspects resisted and fired at our men. A Kevlar helmet of one of the operatives was even damaged by bullet,” Mukaram said Friday.
Mocsir was wanted for the murder of Safra Mabantog Pangandaman on January 31, 2017 and Mojera Macalangan on August 30, 2019 in separate attacks in Marawi City.
Four relatives of Mocsir and his wife, Bling, who were in the scene of the firefight, were also arrested and detained for coddling a wanted person, according to Mukaram’s report.
Mocsir, allegedly associated with the Dawlah Islamiya terror group, was also implicated in the ambush on November 10, 2019 of Mayor Nasser Pangandaman of Masiu, Lanao del Sur that left the mayor’s escort Police Staff Sgt. Jabar Pangandaman dead.
Earlier, Bulletin sources said Pangandaman, a former Agrarian Reform secretary, had caught the ire of local extremist elements when he announced publicly that he will stop Dawlah Islamiya ideologues and cadres from forming an enclave in his municipality.