September 30, 2023


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The cache of firearms confiscated by state forces from the Lumbos lawless group on Saturday (March 30, 2019) in Barangay Langkong, Matanog, Maguindanao. (Photo courtesy of 6ID)

Lawless group busted, high-powered firearms seized

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao — Joint military and police units on Saturday seized high-powered firearms and apprehended lawless elements during the conduct of law enforcement support operation (LESO) in Barangay Langkong, Matanog, Maguindanao.

Personnel from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (CIDG-BARMM), backed by troopers from the Army’s 37th Infantry Battalion (37IB) and Maguindanao police force, served the search warrant against the notorious Lumbos group for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the comprehensive law on firearms and ammunition and arrested four of its members.

Arrested were Guiaman Lumbos, Ali Lumbos, Samsudin Lumbos, and Digna Lumbos Dirangaren, all suspected members of the Lumbos robbery group who are also allegedly into contract killing activities.

Seized from them were one improvised .30-caliber sniper rifle, two M16 assault rifles, one M14 rifle, one Carbine, one M16 rifle with M203 grenade launcher, one hand grenade, assorted ammunition, and magazines.

The suspects and the recovered war materials are now in the custody of CIDG-BARMM for the appropriate filing of cases.

“The successful LESO was made possible through the collaborative effort and deliberate planning among the security forces within the area of operation,” said Lt. Col. Roberto Go Jr., commanding officer of the 37IB.

For his part, Maj. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said that operation would also not have been successful if not for the help of the civilian community that provided them with vital information.

“In the quest for peace and development, unity is the key to success,” he said. (PNA)

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