By John Unson
Local officials have turned over to the police Saturday the suspected gunmen in the killing of three women and a three-year-old girl in Pikit, North Cotabato.
Barangay officials and local commanders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have arrested Salahudin Noh, Nasser Noh Ali, and Abdul Amer Mamalo Bernan after witnesses tagged them as responsible for the carnage.
The suspects attacked on Saturday using M16 assault rifles a house in Barangay Lagundi in Pikit town. Killed during the attack were Sittie Abdullah, 58; Zenaida Mustapha, 36; Lagah Abdullah, 34; and the three-year-old Ashley Panigas.
Wounded in the attack were Ryan Abedin, 13, Raad Abedin, 7, Asya Abdullah 8, and Asria Abdullah, 30.
The suspects are reportedly at odds with a close relative of the victims, a volunteer community watchman in the same barangay.
All three suspects have confessed to their role in Friday’s atrocity during brief interrogation by the MILF commanders who helped track them down.
Pikit Mayor Sumulong Sultan thanked those responsible for the arrest of the suspects.
The government and the MILF have signed security accords binding them to mutually cooperate in addressing peace and security issues. These accords include the 2012 Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro, and 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro.
Sultan urged the police to build an airtight case against the three suspects.