Philippine police fatally shoot massacre suspect
AFPCOTABATO, Philippines--Philippine police have shot dead a suspect in the 2009 killings of 57 people, the country's worst political massacre, a senior officer said Saturday.
February 10, 2013, 12:32 am TWN
Maguid Amil resisted arrest after being approached by policemen in the strife-torn southern province of Maguindanao on Friday, hurling a grenade and firing a pistol at them, Senior Superintendent Melencio Mina said.
The grenade did not explode but officers fired back, killing Amil, he added.
Elsewhere in Maguindanao on Friday, another suspect, Nasser Guia, was arrested by police acting on a tip-off, Mina said.
Both Guia and Amil were allegedly part of the private army of the powerful Ampatuan clan who stopped a rival political group's convoy and herded dozens to an isolated hillside where they were murdered.
“Both Amil and Guia were among those who flagged down the convoy in November, 2009 and were among those who herded the victims to ... the massacre site,” said Mina, quoting eyewitnesses.