- The convoy of a town mayor in Lanao del Norte was ambushed on Sunday
- The mayor luckily survived the attack unscathed
- However, four of his security escorts were killed
MANILA, Philippines – At least four people were killed after the convoy of Mayor Mohammad Lacson Lantud of Pantao Ragat town in Lanao del Norte was ambushed Sunday morning, May 20.
Initial investigation by the military said Lantud was on his way to inspect a water supply project in Barangay Cabagadan when they were fired upon by armed men in Sitio Piagma Lapresa past 9:00 am.
Reports said the mayor was on a two-vehicle convoy consisting of a Toyota Hilux and a Toyota Fortuner with his security escorts when the attack took place.
While Lantud survived the ambush unhurt, four of his bodyguards were killed. The fatalities were identified as Khaliq Disamburon, Hasanoding Hasim, PO2 Mahid Macalaba, and Tarapas Saro.
Disamburon is said to be a barangay official while Hasim is a retired policeman. Macalaba, on the other hand, is an active police officer and a member of Lantud’s police escort.
Three other individuals, identified as Casanuding Hasim, Parmon Macarimbang, Acmad Magumnang and PO1 Mangonte, were also wounded and are now being treated at a local hospital.
Police have yet to determine the perpetrators and the motive behind the attack. One possible angle that is being looked into, police said, is a ‘rido’ or clan war since Lantud is believed to in feud with various groups including Commander Bravo of the Moro International Liberation Front.
The attack is reportedly the third attempt on the mayor’s life since being elected in office in 2010.